A Quiet Revolution, Next Generation Organics

“Check this out!” Bart Rayne, co-owner of Next Generation Organics in Homedale, motions me into another shedcrammed onto their small property across the street from the Owyhee County Fairgrounds. “It’s a cool-bot,” he says, opening the door to a Styrofoam-padded cell inside the shed. “It works like a walk-in cooler, but I built it with an old air-conditioner I got for free.”

A small-scale farmer myself, I appreciate his resourcefulness.

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Life Blood

It’s quite a poetic story, really, but one not many people contemplate. While a majority of Boiseans snooze peacefully through their automatic sprinkler system running its nightly cycle, scattered across our valley are dozens of people who dutifully set alarms and trudge outside to lift little gates and move water from one ditch to another, in a valley that receives eleven inches of rain a year. Whether we’re aware of

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Seedy Confessions

This story first appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Edible Idaho South magazine

I never used to save seeds from my gardens. For years, I dutifully pulled the bolted plants, wiping the slate clean for the next season. I’d then pour over seed catalogues, snuggled up against my heater with a steaming mug of tea, and make my selections for next year’s garden. Plucking seed varieties trucked from here

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