Pruning demonstration at the Sandpoint Organic Orchard on Monday, March 13 at 1pm


GROW! has arranged an orchard pruning class and demonstration at the Sandpoint Organic Orchard on Monday, March 13, at 1pm. Kyle Nagy, manager of the orchard, will give a short classroom presentation indoors followed by a demonstration in the orchard, so please dress for the weather!  Please join us at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Organic Ag Center, 10881 N Boyer Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864. The entrance to the orchard is on the east side of Boyer just north of Schweitzer Mountain Road. 

If you haven’t visited this extraordinary facility, you are in for a pleasant surprise! This beautiful facility and extensive organic orchard was acquired by the University of Idaho in 2018. For more information, see

Community Orchard Planting Day!

Art Church’s Copeland orchard in bloom

Please join us on Wednesday, March 30, at 10am as we plant our Boundary County Community Orchard! We will be planting 40 bare-root trees on the west side of the Boundary County Community Garden.

These trees include an interesting selection of new and old varieties that thrive in Boundary County, from old favorite peaches, pears and plums to jujube, nectarines, plouts and pluerries (plum-cherry cross). They will be densely planted, irrigated with a drip system, and mulched. The mulch will be inoculated with edible King Straphoria mushroom spores.

This community orchard will serve many purposes, from demonstration and teaching to supplying the community with high quality fresh fruit. We really appreciate the support of the community, both individuals and businesses, for this exciting new project. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Painter, 509-432-5755, Gray Henderson, 520-561-0643, or Art Church, 208-217-3492.

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.