Local resources are restricted to Boise right now because that’s all we really know about. Please, send us tips to local gardening/ag organizations even if you aren’t in Boise! Hopefully this website will eventually be used by gardeners throughout Idaho. Also keep in mind there are tons of awesome organizations without websites. Visit the community gardens map to check out all the gardens in and around Boise. If you would like to be added to this list, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your organization’s name, website (or contact, Facebook page, etc.), and a short description of what your organization does.
A Seed Planted
This organization has various garden plots, one at the MK Nature starting in Spring 2010. They donate all produce to charities around Boise. Check them out on Facebook, and be sure to see our community gardens map for volunteer opportunities.
The Abundance Project collects extra produce from backyard gardens and local farmers and distributes it to refugee populations in Boise. They started in summer 2009 and are continually expanding their efforts.
Ada Community Library
Libraries are the ultimate resource. They offer more gardening books than you can shake a stick at and they engage the community through workshops for people of all ages. Go to your local library and take advantage! Knowledge is power.
Boise’s Downtown Community Garden
Located on Fort St between 11th and 12th, this garden operates on a communal gardening policy. This means there is no money exchanged, and no individual plots. Check them out on the community gardens map for volunteer opportunities and contact information!
Since 1973, the Boise Co-op has been a green grocery resource for the greater Boise Community. They also offer a variety of workshops, cooking classes, etc. See their website and our community calendar for a list of those events.
Boise Permaculture Guild
This group meets once a month to talk permaculture and bounce ideas off of one another. The link above takes you to their forum, so even if you can’t attend a meeting, you can still communicate this way. All are welcome, no matter what your previous experience with permaculture!
Boise Public Library! System
Libraries are always a great resource, but we are very lucky to have such a community-minded library. They have gardening workshops and even the occassional backyard-beekeeping workshop. Check out their website for events as well as our community calendar.
Brown Box Organics buys organic produce from local farmers whenever possible and delivers it to your door. Free delivery. We love organizations that emphasize the importance of local food.
Boise State University Service Learning
Service Learning connects BSU classes with non-profit organizations. It’s a win-win for all involved. Students get to work on a worthwhile project, volunteer, and get credit towards their degree, and non-profit agencies benefit from the volunteer help. Service Learning classes exist in every department.
Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS)
BUGS works with kids in a garden on Franklin Street. They get gardening education, nutrition education, and they also prepare the food themselves. Check out their website and our Community Gardens Map for volunteer opportunities.
Common Ground has a refugee garden in Surprise Valley. The purpose is to educate newly-arrived refugees and eventually, find them employment. They operate a very successful Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program that offers either half shares, comprising 10 weeks of produce, or full shares, which last the entirety of the growing season. See their website or our Community Gardens Map for volunteer opportunities.
Earthly Delights Farm
Earthly Delights Farm is a small-scale, human-powered farm in the Sunset/Collister neighborhood in Boise. They offer classes, workshops, and the occasional internship. They also offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares. Customers pay a set amount of money at the start of the growing season and receive discounted produce all season long.
Edward’s Greenhouse is located off of Hill Road. They have amazing, huge facilities and are very community-minded. During the summer they offer a farmers market on Tuesday evenings with live music.
Global Gardens-Idaho Office for Refugees
The Idaho Office for Refugees helps to maintain five refugee gardens throughout Boise. They also offer workshops and have some resources for community gardens. The farm offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for the duration of the growing season. They’re also on Facebook. Check out their website or our community gardens map for volunteer opportunities! If you are interested in signing up with their CSA, be sure to visit their website.
Hidden Springs Community Farm
Located in the beautiful Hidden Springs community, this farm continues a 145-year tradition of farming in the Dry Creek Valley, and they offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and internships.
Idaho Botanical Garden
Boise’s premiere botanical garden, located near the historic Old Idaho Penitentiary, offers classes, workshops, and a beautiful display of lights in the winter months. They are a fantastic gardening and resource, not to mention a beautiful garden site! It’s even possible for couples to get married here.
The Idaho Foodbank
Idaho Community Gardens’ mother organization works with 227 partner agencies throughout the state of Idaho to provide food, information, and supportive services to hungry people through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations, and individuals by serving as a central clearinghouse for donated and purchased food.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The IRC assists refugees recently arrived in the Boise area to thrive in a new, strange culture. They also assist in humanitarian efforts, assist in relocation efforts to help refugees establish in new cultures and stand up for the rights of refugee populations.
Master Gardeners Association (website coming soon!)
Master Gardeners is a program from the University of Idaho Extension. This program trains people to different levels of gardening expertise. Part of the Master Gardener mentality is a commitment to volunteer work and community.
Let’s Move Boise works with the community to: reduce childhood obesity,make healthy food more accesible, provide healthy foods in schools, and increase physcial activities for children.
Morrison Knudsen Nature Center (MK Nature Center)
The MK Nature Center offers a variety of programs for youth and adults alike. They’re located on beautiful, restored grounds that attract all sorts of wildlife. Early in 2010, they offered the use of their land for a community garden, which became a garden site for the charity organization A Seed Planted. For a list of events and classes, check out their website or our community calendar.
Morning Owl Farm
Morning Owl Farm has a variety of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares availabe for every budget. They specialize in duck eggs and produce, and their CSA options vary from summer- to year-long subscriptions.
Peaceful Belly Farm
Peaceful Belly Farm is a 70-acre, ecologically sustainable urban farm located in the Dry Creek Valley. They have a 160-family Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and focus very heavily on keeping their produce sales local and their plantings diverse.
Rice Family Farms
This farm is family-run. They offer produce to local residents and have a stand at the Capital City Public Market on Saturdays on the Grove. They also offer farm-fresh recipes on their blog, which is tabbed from their website!
Sharing Backyards is a global organization that aims to connect landowners with gardeners. Boise and the surrounding area has its own branch. If you either: have no land, but what to garden or have land you are willing to let someone use for a garden, click on the above link and register on the website.
Sunset Community Garden
Sunset Community Garden is located in the Sunset/Collister neighborhood in Boise. Members pay minimal dues, put in a certain amount of work each week, and receive garden-fresh produce in return. The garden is located directly next to the Boise Christian Retirement Home. For volunteer opportunities, check out their website or go to our community gardens map!
Sustainable Community Connections
Organization in Boise that promotes all things local. The group has off-shoots in the areas of local business, local food systems, local exchange, local arts and culture, local green development, and local energy.
Treasure Valley Food Coalition
Off-shoot of Sustainable Community Connections in Boise focusing on local food. Through a variety of means, they hope to become a resource for local food projects in the Treasure Valley.
Trinity Community Gardens, Inc.
Now officially a non-profit, Trinity Community Gardens, Inc. works on seven different garden sites throughout the Treasure Valley to get food out to the hungry. Their main headquarters are in Nampa, and they would love to have your help to serve even more of Idaho’s hungry.
University of Idaho Extension
University of Idaho Extension is THE place to go for gardening advice. They have tons of information on farming, gardening, pest control, animal science, environmental research, and crop production as well as the nucleus of the Master Gardener program. An invaluable resource for gardeners of any level.
Vineyard Boise Church, located in Garden City, offers a variety of services for the needy in the Treasure Valley. As a partner agency of the Foodbank they have a pantry that supplies families throughout the year. They also have a large, beautiful garden that they hope to expand as the years go on. Check out their website and our community gardening map for volunteer opportunities!