February Dinner in the Cellar

February 17, 2012

February 23rd at 6 pm. $25.00 per person. Join us for dinner at the Red Feather Cellar. We will be discussing the healing power of plants. RSVP with treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com. Seats are limited!

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Seedy Saturday Seed Swap

February 8, 2012
Seedy Saturday Seed Swap

Seedy Saturday Seed Swap at the Idaho Botanical Garden Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. IBG is pleased to host the annual Treasure Valley Seed Swap that brings together gardeners who want to share their garden-saved seed with the community. Also featured are a series of Seed-Saving Workshops to learn how to save your own seed. The goal of a Seed Swap is to bring plant enthusiasts together to share seeds that have been saved in our region. It is a casual affair (no need to pre-register) to encourage local seed savers to meet and share stories about gardening and food. It will work something like this: 1. Participants will check in at the registration table and, if they’ve brought seed, will fill out a brief form listing the seed they will contribute. This is where a $1 donation can be made to help offset expenses. (Note: only open pollinated seed should be shared. If you’re not sure if you have an open pollinated or hybrid (F1) seed, bring it and we’ll help you determine what it is). 2. We will meet under the outdoor tent known as The Folly. Seed saving experts will be on hand to…

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Don’t miss Designing Healthy Communities!

February 5, 2012

Our friends at Idaho Smart Growth provided this information about an upcoming public television show: Designing Healthy Communities on IPTV: February 21 Starting Tuesday, February 21, weekly for 4 weeks, the outstanding series Designing Healthy Communities will air on the plus channel of Idaho Public TV at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time/7:00 p.m. Mountain Time For the first time on national television, the rapidly deteriorating public health of our citizens is linked to nearly half-a-century of bad design decisions, now frozen in concrete. Each hour looks at the different impacts our built environment has on our key public health indices—obesity, diabetes, heart, asthma, cancer and depression.  These relationships were never observed or talked about until Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatrician-turned-public–health officer, began to demonstrate, more than a decade ago, that we are what we build.  Dr. Jackson first connects the dots of bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyses and illustrates what ordinary citizens, including many young people, are trying to do about this urgent crisis, now on the front pages of many newspapers, by looking upstream for innovative solutions. Designing Healthy Communities looks at many places where we live, work, study and play and suggests they look the…

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Farmers’ Market Workshop in Nampa

January 24, 2012
Farmers’ Market Workshop in Nampa

Farmers’ market vendors and managers across the state will have the opportunity to participate in one of several upcoming regional workshops! Workshops Are Schedule for: - Nampa, February 4 (Click here to register) - Idaho Falls, March 3 (registration coming soon). - Moscow, March 23-24, with one day focusing on agritourism! (registration coming soon).     Agendas will vary by location, but will cover topics such as marketing, business development, legal structures, financial management, customer service, food safety, regulatory issues, market and vendor success stories, and plenty of networking opportunities.  The cost is $25 per person, with an early bird rate of $20 per person which includes lunch and materials. In the past decade, the number of farmers’ markets operating in Idaho has nearly tripled.  This is our fourth year working with University of Idaho Extension to host these workshops. Participants of past workshops have said it’s definitely a day well spent and of great value to their business. If you are involved in direct marketing in any capacity or are considering becoming involved in the future, you should plan to attend this valuable training. For more information contact Lacey Menasco at (208) 332-8538 or lacey.menasco@agri.idaho.gov .  The workshops are a cooperative…

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Farmers! Don’t miss Grower’s Own

January 23, 2012
Farmers!  Don’t miss Grower’s Own

Grower’s Own 2012 Whether you call it networking, peer-to-peer learning, or something totally different, the Grower’s Own Conference is a vibrant, interactive gathering where farmers come to share tips and hear from the real experts: other organic farmers. The day consists of farmer-to-farmer work sessions covering topics chosen by you. Plus, this year’s conference offers an extra afternoon filled with updates on organic research and resources for organic and diversified farms. If you’re a grower, this is for you! Friday, Feb. 3 – Saturday, Feb. 4 College of Southern Idaho – Herrett Center Twin Falls, Idaho Learn more

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