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Idaho’s Fruit Doctor: Esmaeil “Essie” Fallahi talks fruit and climate change

Article by Jessica Murri

Photo by Guy Hand.

Where once there was a plain of empty farmland now grow orchards full of fruit, nut trees and exotic berries. It’s taken Esmaeil “Essie” Fallahi, PhD, 26 years to transform the 200 acres of farmland in Parma, where he serves as professor and director of the Pomology program of the University of Idaho’s Research and Extension Center.

Reporter Jessica Murri recently got … Read More

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Fishing the Redband: How to hook a native redband trout


Water flowed freely between two car-sized boulders, delivering a steady stream into a deep pool carved into the rocks below. The pool wasn’t quite eight feet across, but it was nearly 10 feet deep. Large sheets of granite lay across much of the stream and sheltered it from the blazing sun above, keeping the water cool and hiding unknown treasures in its dark waters.

On a boulder near the … Read More

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The Slow-Cooker Model: Life’s Kitchen helps at-risk teens learn life skills

By Jessica Murri

Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

When Joe Love stepped into Life’s Kitchen at age 17, he was a self-described “bad kid.” Juvenile detention was his second home, drugs were his pastime, he broke into houses for fun and his mother was at the end of her rope. That was back in 2004.

“I started from the bottom, just washing dishes, working until 1am just to keep up, coming … Read More

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The Year of the Goat: Sustainable farming, Teton Valley style

By Christina Shepherd McGuire

Photo by Camrin Dengel.

“I wanted to be part of the community … and bring back the skill of cheesemaking,” said Ray. “Like in any industry, the artisanal little guy is coming back.”

And that’s an understatement. Goat dairies are popping up like weeds in the Teton Valley, second only to backyard chickens. Each year, a new purveyor peddles their prized chèvres and aged goat cheeses … Read More

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