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Community Food Resources

Nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Wood River Valley are working to address issues from soil health to food security.

BLANE SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Blaine Soil Conservation District (BSCD) is a governmental subdivision of the State of Idaho. Since 1954, BSCD has supported local landowners with financial and technical assistance, along with public outreach to Blaine County residents on overall conservation efforts. BSCD is available to do soil and alfalfa testing, and has a no-till drill.

ADDRESS
24044 Main St., Carey, Idaho

THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

The library serves the Wood River Valley in ways beyond those of a traditional library by engaging individuals through its library services, contemporary programming, and museum resources. It encourages educational and personal growth through its collections, its reference resources, its technological options, and its personal approach to 21st-century library practices. It engages in meaningful partnerships with other nonprofits, including The Hunger Coalition on the Bloom Truck for the benefit of the entire community. We offer free access to all of our services

ADDRESS
415 Spruce Ave., Ketchum, Idaho

WEBSITE
comlib.org

FARE IDAHO

FARE Idaho means Food, Agriculture, Restaurant, Beverage Establishments. We unite our Idaho food and beverage communities to ensure that independents get a seat at the table with an opportunity to impact positive change within their industries. We advocate for Idaho’s independent restaurants, family farms, retailers, and food and beverage producers. Our mission is to connect, align, and promote the shared interests of those entities. Our goal is to advance independent businesses, increase our financial success and improve the conditions of those who work in our industries.

ADDRESS
PO Box 7225, Boise, Idaho, 83707

WEBSITE
fareidaho.org

HAILEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Hailey Public Library inspires discovery, connection, learning, and growth in our community. We regularly offer gardening, pruning, history, herbalism, natural history, chicken raising, and other classes for adults and many programs for kids. The Library partners with The Hunger Coalition to offer Daily Bites, a free, kid-friendly, and healthy snack pantry. We are also a 5B Resilience Gardens Collaborator and house the Wood River Seed Library; actually, in one of our old wooden card catalogs!

ADDRESS
7 W Croy St., Hailey, Idaho

THE HUNGER COALITION

The Hunger Coalition’s Bloom Community Center connects our community over the shared joy of growing good food. We offer volunteering and education, inspiring healthy, outdoor, and community-based experiences for all members of Blaine County. Fresh produce is available in exchange for volunteer hours! Come to public volunteer sessions at the Hope Garden or Bloom Farm in Hailey from June through September! Come to our Community Center warehouse and office any Monday through Thursday year-round.

ADDRESS
110 Honeysuckle St., Bellevue, Idaho

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

The Nature Conservancy works directly with local farmers to grow a sustainable future for people and nature in Idaho. TNC has partnered with local farmer Todd Ballard in Kimberly to create a 30-acre demonstration farm where farmers can learn more about regenerative agriculture and see proven methods in action, such as no-till and cover crop planting.

ADDRESS
Regenerative Agriculture Demonstration Farm, Kimberly, Idaho 

SAWTOOTH BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a community resource showcasing native and cultivated plants that flourish at high altitude. The Garden connects people to the region’s unique beauty and fosters environmental stewardship through education, events, displays, and plant collections. Through its programs and services, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden provides information on plant cultivation and ecological principles relevant to the region’s climatic conditions and its plant and human communities. The goal of the Garden is to establish a place to build community through the understanding and exploration of both native and cultivated plants. Understanding the unique ecology of our extraordinary inner Mountain West region and exploring the wonders of plant cultivation and care provides a multitude of opportunities to “celebrate plants and inspire people.”

ADDRESS
11 Gimlet Rd., Ketchum, Idaho 

WEBSITE
sbgarden.org

THE SENIOR CONNECTION

The Senior Connection mission is connecting seniors with essential services, meaningful programming, their peers, and the local community to foster purposeful and passion-filled lives. One of the essential services we provide is nutrition. Meals are available via our Meals on Wheels program, our curbside takeout, or in our dining room with friends!

ADDRESS
721 3rd Ave. S., Hailey, Idaho

SUN VALLEY CULINARY INSTITUTE

The Sun Valley Culinary Institute is the culinary hub of the Wood River Valley, offering classes for cooking enthusiasts and a one-year professional culinary arts program for individuals looking to enter the food service industry. Our program combines intensive practical classes and externships at local restaurants. SVCI partners with local restaurateurs, food artisans, retailers, caterers, growers, private chefs, and hospitality industry personnel. Our location on Main Street in the heart of Ketchum provides state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, as well as public and private event space and other amenities.

Visit us on Main Street in Ketchum. Take a class. Volunteer. 

ADDRESS
211 N. Main St., Ketchum, Idaho

SUN VALLEY INSTITUTE FOR RESILIENCE

Founded in 2015, Sun Valley Institute for Resilience (SVIR) advances community resilience in the Wood River Valley region by educating, investing, and collaborating to ensure that the economy, environment, and people thrive. From our beginning we have sought strategic levers that drive system-wide change. Investment in resilience is at the center of our work. We use the community-funded Impact Idaho Fund to catalyze a resilient community by leveraging capital investment in regenerative business models and raising consumer awareness around the importance of uplifting regional food production. 5B Resilient empowers everyday climate action. Local Food Alliance works to connect producers and consumers through the publication of this Guide.

ADDRESS
111 N. First Ave., Suite 2I, Hailey, Idaho

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO EXTENSION

The University of Idaho Extension provides research-based information to Idaho citizens and communities. The Blaine County Extension Office offers programming and resources in agriculture and horticulture, 4-H youth development, community development, as well as Healthy Living curriculum and Farm to Early Childcare Education. 

ADDRESS
302 First Ave. S., Hailey, Idaho

UPPER BIG WOOD RIVER GRANGE

The Upper Big Wood River Grange is a nonprofit organization that fosters local agriculture, local food economy, sustainable practices, gardening, seed saving, home cooking, sewing, and other practical arts. We offer various community events and our members are encouraged to do community service. The Grange is home to the Wood River Seed Library, has an educational Community Garden, provides a studio for dance and Tai Chi classes, and is used for meetings and events.

ADDRESS
609 S. Third Ave., Hailey, Idaho

WOOD RIVER COMMUNITY YMCA

Bonni’s Garden, a state-of-the-art, solar-powered greenhouse, is a gathering place where people of all ages can learn and grow. It connects our community to nature and life, and serves as an ideal space for collaborating, growing, and learning. This beautiful space and outdoor garden offers classes and clinics and produces food and flowers year-round, impacting our community’s health and wellness needs. Community members can access Bonni’s Garden through the Wood River Community YMCA.

ADDRESS
101 Saddle Rd., Ketchum, Idaho

WOOD RIVER LAND TRUST

The Wood River Land Trust protects and sustains the treasured landscapes and life-giving waters of the Wood River Valley and inspires a love for this special place for generations to come. We assist landowners with agricultural conservation easements and connect them with resources for improving soil health and water conservation.

ADDRESS
119 E Bullion St., Hailey, Idaho

WOOD RIVER SEED LIBRARY

WRSL is a community-based seed saving and sharing organization. Building community, educating, networking, and seed stewardship is our mission. Our purpose is to grow, save, and share seeds within the Wood River Valley. Our locally produced seeds are adapted to our local environment and weather. By preserving these seeds, our seed librarians maintain a diversity of open-pollinated varieties for the future. We strive to inspire growers to rejoin the ritual of seed saving.

ADDRESS
Hailey, Idaho 

FREE Business Listing

The Wood River Valley Locally Grown Guide

The Wood River Valley Locally Grown Guide is a free marketing tool for businesses who grow, use, and promote locally grown food. The Guide reaches over 15,000 people annually.

Being listed is free for your business and only requires filling out a short survey.

Once approved your local food business will appear immediately on locallygrownguide.org and in the 2024 Locally Grown Guide printed edition.

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