Where Conservation and Farming Come Together

Lava Lake Land & Livestock is some kind of beautiful. It’s the quintessential Idaho ranch, with sunlight and shadow playing over the changing colors of the hilly and peaked landscape. It’s no wonder Kathleen and Brian Bean bought the ranch 15 years ago with the idea of protecting it.

Lava Lake sits along the historic Oregon Trail in the Pioneer Mountains of South Central Idaho. The closest town is Carey. … Read More

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A Decade of Farm to Fork Dinners

Photo By Guy Hand.

Husband and wife duo Clay and Josie Erskine do what farmers do – they sow seeds, harvest crops and sell their organic produce. But, a decade ago, among the 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers and berries on their 60 acre farm, Josie planted a different kind of crop. Call it a “social” seed that has blossomed into one of the community’s favorite annual summer events.

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One Hundred Years and Growing

The Symms family has enjoyed a way of life few get to experience: acres of fragrant springtime blossoms, the gentle buzzing of bees in a world that’s sometimes so lush, the sunshine and cornflower-blue sky barely peeking through. For the Symms, the scent of a fresh, crisp, juicy apple at its peak equals home. When RA Symms first saw the area now called Sunny Slope, with its Snake River, sheltering … Read More

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Overripe Imaginings

Photo by Guy Hand.

My memory may be indistinct, but I recall more than one Idaho grape grower alluding to warming temperatures affecting the ripening of red grapes. And with recent plantings and harvesting of notoriously late ripeners—Mourvédre, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon—I tested my theory by surveying grape growers, winemakers and experts in Idaho viticulture. The answers were resounding: slightly, possibly, not so much and it really doesn’t matter.

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