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       Starting Your Sustainable Idaho Small Farm 
- Winter 2016 -


Course Description

This course has students take a realistic look at their goals and resources, and helps them evaluate what type of small acreage enterprise is right for them. Students are exposed to various types of farming and ranching systems, guest farmers speak to the class, and field trips are taken to local farms. Students complete a whole farm plan.

Course Format and Dates

This course is offered as a series of webinars and regional workshops from January 14 to March 31, 2016.  The series focuses on improving small farmersí and ranchersí capacity to evaluate the feasibility of enterprises and assess their resources. It will involve an introductory webinar, three full day workshops and related farm tours**, and an end of course potluck and evening seminar.


Course timeline

Course Activity


Introduction webinar*

(60 minutes, participate via personal computer)

Thursday, January 14, 2016
6-7 p.m. PST / 7-8 p.m. MST

Whole Farm Planning Workshop

(6 hour workshop at local site)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sustainable Crop Production workshop and farm tour

(6 hour workshop at local site, associated farm tours will take place following the workshop, dates TBD**)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sustainable Livestock Production workshop and farm tour

(6 hour workshop at local site, farm tour will be on the same day as workshop or soon thereafter)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Local Networking & Evaluation Events

(End-of-Course celebration/potluck at local sites)

Thursday, March 31, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m. PST / 6:30-8:30 p.m. MST

*Webinar components of the course will be presented, recorded and evaluated using the GotoWebinar platform.  Participants will also be provided with online resources and support via the eXtension campus.  

** Farm tours will be scheduled at multiple farms/ranches across Idaho, and will be dependent upon the season.  Most tours will be shortly after the production workshops, but some tours may happen later in the spring.  Course participants are invited to attend any and as many farm tours that are associated with the class, and are welcome travel to a different region to see a particular farm of interest.


Course fees:  $115 per individual for the full series, including course materials, books, and farm tours.

Spouses, partners or additional family members can take the course for an extra $15 (will receive only one copy of materials).

Partial need-based scholarships will be available.  Contact Amanda for more information.  Please apply for a scholarship BEFORE registering for the course.  The deadline for scholarship applications is December 31, 2015.

Course Locations


City / County

Site Location

Boise, ID - Ada

Caldwell R&E Complex
1904 E. Chicago Street, Suite AB
Caldwell, ID 83605
Caldwell, ID - Canyon Caldwell R&E Complex
1904 E. Chicago Street, Suite AB
Caldwell, ID 83605
Cascade, ID - Valley Location for January 23:
American Legion Hall
(below McCall City Hall)
216 E. Park Street
McCall, ID 83638

Location for March 31:
Bistro 45 McCall
1101 N. 3rd St.
McCall, ID 83638
Coeur d'Alene, ID - Kootenai TBD
Emmett, ID - Gem Caldwell R&E Complex
1904 E. Chicago Street, Suite AB
Caldwell, ID 83605

Hailey, ID - Blaine

Blaine County Community Campus
1050 Fox Acres Rd.
Hailey, ID 83333
Moscow, ID - Latah UI Campus, Wallace Complex at Bob's Place in the "Quiet Room"
1080 W. 6th St. Room 231
Moscow, ID 83843
Salmon, ID - Lemhi Salmon Valley Business and Innovation Center

803 Monroe St
Salmon, Idaho 83467

Sandpoint, ID - Bonner

Bonner County Extension Office
4205 N Boyer Ave.
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Weiser, ID - Washington

Washington Co. Extension Office
485 E. 3rd Street
Weiser, Idaho  83672

Others will be added soon



To register for this course, please click on your course location or contact Amanda for more information.

Sponsored by:

   UISmallFarms            RRlogo


Funding provided by: USDA-NIFA-BFR-004835







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