Gardening with GROW! Winter Class Series

Boundary County orchard, Copeland

GROW! is offering a series of gardening classes this winter, with a focus on orchard production, including planning, variety selection, pruning, pollinators, and grafting! We have limited space available for each class, so sign up early! Registration opens on Jan. 1, via Eventbrite, here.

Classroom sessions will be held at the Kootenai River Inn Ktunaxa Room on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm. Hands-on sessions will be held at the Paradise Valley Grange Hall and at the GROW! Community Garden. Most courses are $20 per person. GROW! members receive a 50% discount on course fees upon payment of 2022 dues here. Limited scholarships are available.

Giving Tuesday — Tuesday following Black Friday — Supports Local Nonprofits

This year’s campaign will help support a 40-tree demonstration and teaching orchard project as described in the flyer above. Come see us at our booth at Super 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 9am to 6pm! You can donate via check, cash or electronically, through the Paypal Giving Fund, which charges no fees on donations, here:

Garden “Open House” on Wed., August 4, from 10am to noon

Perennial herb gardens at the GROW Community Garden are a Little Free Garden, so you can help yourself to some fresh herbs!

Please join us on Wednesday, August 4, from 10am to noon, to view our demonstration gardens, including hoophouses, tall raised bed rentals, easy automatic watering systems, cover crops for your garden, and an easy no-turn composting system. We will be offering free refreshments and herb bundles to take home! The GROW Community Garden is on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church, at 6634 Buchanan St., Bonners Ferry, ID. For more information, contact Kate Painter at the UI Extension Office, 208-267-3235.

Garden plots and raised beds available to rent!

At the GROW! Community Garden we have both raised beds and ground level plots for rent. These are tilled and fertilized with aged manure. We have limited numbers of tall raised beds for $25 and $35 per year, depending on their size. In-ground plots range from 4’ X 20’, which rents for $20 ($0.25 per square foot) to 10’ X 20’, which rents for $50. The low-cost rental price also includes water. Contact Gray Henderson, GROW President, at (520) 561-0643 for more information.

Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 7pm, via Zoom

Join us for our 2021 GROW Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 7pm, via Zoom! All participants will receive a raffle prize, ranging from copies of Jerry Pavia’s Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Book, GROW t-shirts and aprons, locally saved and adapted seed varieties, and other garden items! Board members will show slides of the Little Free Garden project around town, past Farm to Table dinners, and other community garden highlights. Learn how to reserve an organically fertilized, tilled garden plot for you or your community group. We still have some tall raised beds available for 2021. Scan the QR code above to register in advance. You will receive a unique link to our Zoom party!

GROW! seeks interested community members for board and officer positions

2019 Farm to Table dinner at BeeHaven Flower Farm

“An enchanted evening!” is how one woman described last year’s annual Farm to Table Fundraiser. Join us for a presentation on our 2019 achievements, followed by election of officers and board members. GROW’s annual membership meeting takes place Monday, January 27, at 5pm at the UI Extension Office. Refreshments will be served.

There are many ways to support your community garden organization. You can volunteer to be on a committee, such as the annual Farm to Table fundraiser, the Little Free Garden committee, or the community garden committee. You can serve as an officer or a board member. You can help build more raised beds or coordinate volunteer activities. All are welcome! Our regular meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6pm at the Bonners Ferry Visitors Center. Please contact Kate Painter at the UI Extension Office for more information: kpainter@uidaho.edu or (208) 267-3235.

GROW! Annual Report to Trinity Lutheran Church

Board members cleaning up the GROW Community Garden last fall

Interested in finding out what we’ve been up to lately? Below is our 2019 Annual Report! You can also download it here.

We have now completed our 11th year of gardening on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church facing Buchanan Street. With the church providing space to grow organic vegetables for our community and especially for the Food Bank, i.e. Community Action Partnership, and the United Methodist Church for their free weekly lunches, in 2019 we have been able to provide our community with over 2700 pounds of nutritious food for some of our most at-risk residents.  In another productive year, GROW continues to move ahead with its mission of providing more food security for residents of Boundary County.

    Our fourth Farm to Table event this past September engaged the community, including other small local producers in the area, and encouraged conversation about healthy food production in our county. Our successful fundraising dinner uses produce from the community garden as well as additional donated organic vegetables, fruit, dairy products, and meat from other local growers and supporters. This event, which was held at BeeHaven Flower Farm this year, helps all of our partners in the Farm to Table Fundraiser event become better acquainted and shows what we can do when we work together, particularly in terms of a local food system. In addition, the event encourages participants to support each other and Buy Local!

    This year, GROW received a $2500 grant from the City of Bonners Ferry through their Blue Cross of Idaho High Five grant to help fund our new Little Free Garden project. These raised bed gardens offering free produce to communities are similar to the nationwide Little Free Library project, run by volunteers and located throughout our community. This year, we created 22 Little Free Gardens, which can be viewed at http://www.littlefreegarden.com/map. One of the gardens is located on the west side of TLC. Another garden, a perennial herb garden, is located on the grounds of the TLC-GROW garden. We recently applied for an additional $2500 as we have at least 10 more businesses who would like to participate next year.

    One of our board members, Tony Klinkhammer, donated mushroom spawn and bark chips so that we could create a mushroom bed of Garden Giant (Stropharia rugosoannulata). This species is edible and it also helps enrich the soil as it breaks down bark chips. This mushroom demonstration bed will be used when we teach mushroom cultivation courses through the University of Idaho (UI) Extension office.

    George Bevan, another GROW Board Member, created a wooden sign for the TLC-GROW garden gate. This beautiful sign, created in the lab at our local library, thanks TLC for allowing us to use this ground for the community garden.

    GROW Supporter Michael Richardson, owner of Skywalker Tree Care, regularly donates chips to the TLC-GROW garden. Through his generosity, we were able to create a new central path in the garden. We used grant funds to purchase landscape fabric as an underlayment to deter weeds.

    For the second year in a row, two volunteers from the UI Extension Master Gardener program planted a children’s garden in one of the TLC-GROW garden plots. A granite marker with inscription donated by Shirley Anderson, from her family owned business North Idaho Granite, marks the children’s garden. These two Master Gardener volunteers worked with the preschool at Trinity Children’s Center to arrange biweekly visits to the garden all summer. We hope to continue this popular program next year.    

    All the members of GROW and others who work in the garden are volunteers except for the Garden Manager. Last year GROW members, UI Extension Master Gardeners and members of the community provided over 900 hours of volunteer labor in the garden, at raffle sales, Farmers Markets, the Farm to Table event, GROW meetings, and in committee work. Many of our volunteers still work, some have gardens at home, and some are retired but have numerous volunteer responsibilities. We hope to bring more volunteers and members into our organization’s endeavors in 2020. 

    The Garden Manager is GROW’s only paid position. The Garden Manager plants, weeds, harvests, assists with clean up, handles scheduling of volunteers, attends meetings, assists with our Farm to Table event, and reports to the board on a variety of topics. We are fortunate to have Josh Nichols in that position; his knowledge of gardening and all it entails is invaluable. GROW officers and board members are listed below.

    GROW continues its history of fiscal responsibility while maintaining its focus on providing healthy food to the community as mentioned above and seeking an expanded community awareness and support of food sustainability for Boundary County.  Because of the costs of the Garden Manager, port-a-potty rental, water, and other miscellaneous expenses, we held one raffle this past year. Membership dues continue to assist us in our operations. Revenue from participation in three Farmers Markets helped us meet expenses and provided the opportunity to share our mission, interest people in joining and volunteering, and sell garden produce. 

    Trinity Lutheran continues to offer their land to us which supports GROW’s work in the community by providing:  healthy, organic produce to those in need, a place to grow food for those who are unable to garden where they live, a meeting place for community members, seasonal employment, organic gardening and food-related classes, volunteer opportunities in and out of the garden, and an introduction to adults and children to organic gardening, and more. We welcome TLC’s input and involvement in any and all aspects of our organization.

Holiday greetings from GROW!

Dear GROW! Supporters,
I want to thank you for helping us provide over a ton (over 2700 lb) of fresh organic produce to the 500 families who use our local food bank each month, as well as other organizations in our community like the Methodist Community Lunch served each Thursday. I am so proud to live in a generous community that supports those in need. 

Highlights of this past year include:

  • Our Little Free Garden project, supported with grants from the Blue Cross Foundation, creating 22 little raised beds with free produce. Bonners Ferry is the first location in Idaho for this national project — see www.littlefreegarden.com/map for all the locations. 
  • Our 4th Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner was held at BeeHaven Flower Farm, a seasonal cut flower farm now with a farmstand, located just 4 miles north of Bonners Ferry. It was an enchanted evening of music, fine food, and fundraising.
  • We started a local food system community potluck and speaker series last winter. Our 2nd season kicks off on Wed., January 15, at 6pm, and features Debbie Woods from CowCreek Blueberry Farm. Please join us! 
To continue your support of your local community garden, please consider paying an annual membership of $20 per individual, $35 per family, or $100 for a business membership. It’s easy to pay online from our website, https://growboundarycounty.org/. We will list you on our website as a partner if you wish. 

Finally, I wish to thank Trinity Lutheran Church for hosting our community garden site for the past 10 years. Without their support our work would not be possible! Here is our Annual Report to Trinity Lutheran Church for those who would like more details on our work in 2019. 

Wishing you all the best for 2020!

Sincerely,
Kate Painter
GROW Board Member
UI Extension Educator
kpainter@uidaho.edu
(208) 267-3235 office
(509) 432-5755 cell
GROW!’s Fourth Annual Farm to Table Fundraiser at BeeHaven Flower Farm

Thanks to all our 2019 Farm to Table supporters and suppliers!

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the members of the community who supplied or helped support our 2019 Farm to Table fundraising dinner at BeeHaven Flower Farm on Saturday, September 7. Thanks to all of you, it was a great success!

Suppliers of food and silent auction items include:
Annie Pflueger Photography
(208) 940-0834 pfluegerannie@gmail.com

Black Mountain Farms (208) 627-3925 Sally Houy salhouy@gmail.com Homemade goat cheese, soaps.

Bonners Books (208) 267-2622 7195 Main St.  Bonners Ferry 

Boundary Tractor 208-267-5571 https://boundarytractor.com/ 

Carter County Farm and Feed (208) 263-8236 www.cartercountryfeed.com
Pet supplies, garden center, farm supplies & hardware

Clark Handcrafted Stoneware David & Cheryl Clark (208) 267-5296

Cloud Eleven Mountain Farm Julie & Edward Newcomb (208) 267-4743
FLO-Grown (Fresh Local Organic) vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, and herbs, wild wreaths.

Creative Dreamer Lynn Self (208) 267-4732 www.birchbarkcrafting.com
Birch is collected, peeled, cut into beautiful shapes, sealed, and made into jewelry, and bookmarks.

Far North Outfitters (208) 267-5547 6791 Main St., Bonners Ferry www.farnorthoutfitters.com Outdoor Equipment & clothing

Far North Logo Shop & Coffee Lodge (208) 295-2244 6803 Main St., Bonners Ferry www.farnorthcompany.com/coffeelodge  Roast your own (or not) coffee, pastries

Farm to Market Grains Tim and Julie Dillin (208) 267-7192  5285 Farm to Market Rd., Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805  www.farmtomarketgrains.com Grain, flour, and baking mixes made from locally produced grain

Heart Rock Wines Lillian Lonborg (208) 290-4397 6371 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry  www.heartrockwines.com Wine bar plus craft beers, cider, mead, and appetizers

Homefarm Barb Hansen (208) 267-1200, homefarmbarb@yahoo.com
Seasonal spice blends, dried fruit roll-ups, pasta, baked goods, plants

Homestead Produce Jordan Dyck (208) 946-1910, 511291 Hwy 95, Bonners Ferry Produce, eggs, cut flowers, plant starts

Infinity Matrix Tree Crops Casimir Holeski (208) 597-5871
Nursery owner and founder of the Boundary County Orchard Restoration Project

Kate Lanferman (208) 946-0799, katelanferman@gmail.com
6308 McCall St., Bonners Ferry Wallets, handbags, totes, tiny zip bags

Kootenai River Brewing Company (208) 267-4677 6424 Riverside St., Bonners Ferry
www.kootbrew.com Restaurant and brewery

Larsons Good Clothing Store (208) 267-3330
6426 Bonner Street, Bonners Ferry

Lou Cruz Woodworker (518) 569-0830 Bonners Ferry Farmers Market vendor

Marcia’s Worm Fertilizer Marciavee Cossette (208) 267-8888 marciavee@frontier.com
Worm tea, worm castings

Marsha’s Cottage Garden Marsha Semar (208) 267-7698, Moyie Springs, ID
Organic vegetables, fruit, seeds, plant starts, herbs, handmade felt, handwoven and handspun items

McLaury Apiaries Angie McLaury, Libby, MT (406) 293-3022 
Honey, beeswax candles, lotion bars

Moose Valley Farms (208) 267-5108 Naples, ID  www.moosevalleyfarms.com
Garden center, feed store, and gift shop

Mugsy’s Bar & Grill, 161 Main St, Bonners Ferry (208) 267-8059

The Nest, (208) 290-7491 7174 Main St. (faces alley)  The Nest BF
Décor, re-purposed furniture, lighting, yarn, chocolate, teas, soap, etc.

Nissen Family Farm Robert & Judi Nissen (208) 627-3310
Homemade laundry soap, essential oil sprays & more

Octopus’s Garden & Goods Cassidy Cossairt (208) 597-4434 cassidy-marie@hotmail.com, http://facebook.com/octopusgardenandgoods
Spoon jewelry, bath and body products

Old Schoolhouse Farm Kari Apo (206) 214-5105 
Fruit, preserves, etc.

Paradise Farm Fruit Products, Georgia Earley (208) 267-7392
paradisefarmsfruitproducts@gmail.com, www.paradisefarmsfruitproducts.com

Pend D’Oreille Winery (208) 265-8545, 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint 
Winery and wine bar

Ronnigers Organics, Simon and Marqui Ronniger, (208) 267-1477, (208) 627-8181, https://www.ronnigersorganics.com/, ronnigersorganics@gmail.com
Certified organic potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, cabbage, parsnips

Sawz-n-Stitches Handmade cedar crates & signs, Todd & Sarah Carver (208) 267-1226

Soulshine, Laken Rice, 7178 Main St, Bonners Ferry (208) 597-3326 
Breakfast and brunch, Mon – Sat., located inside Under the Sun  

Steve Jamsa Photography, Bonners Ferry 

Under the Sun (208) 267-6467, 7178 Main St, Bonners Ferry ID 
Gifts, coffee shop, lunch, ice cream, clothing, hardware, furniture, cards, etc.

Wildwood Soap Company Judy Miller (208) 627-2197, wildwood@inbox.com, http://www.wildwoodsoap.com/ Handmade soap, bath & body products, roses, herbs, perennials

Yaak Valley Logworks Custom log furniture, Jerry Cornwall-Brady, (406) 295-9049, yvlogworks@hotmail.com

Yoder’s Market, 56 Plato Drive, Bonners Ferry (208) 267-9607  Yoder’s Market
Deli, supermarket, convenience store, farmers market on Tuesdays, 3-7 pm

Find all of our suppliers on our BoCoLocal.com website, listing local suppliers and businesses in Boundary County! Please help support our local community!

Our 2019 Farm to Table Fundraiser, Saturday, September 7, will be held at BeeHaven Flower Farm!

This year’s GROW Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner will be held Saturday, September 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at BeeHaven Flower Farm! Get your tickets now for this popular fall event! We will have music, local beer from Kootenai Valley Brewery, raffles, a silent auction, and a feast of local food grown at the GROW! Community Garden and by local producers! All proceeds support the community garden, which donates over a ton of organic produce to local organizations each year, provides raised garden plots for the community, and installed 21 Little Free Gardens in Boundary County in 2019! Tickets are available at the UI Extension Office, Bonners Books, and online at http://www.tinyurl.com/2019FTT#littlefreegardens