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New and Wondrous

Posted on by Diana Hooley / Comments Off on New and Wondrous

Idaho Farms Import South African Laborers Story and Photos by Diana Hooley The harvest was busy last September in the farming community where I live on the Snake River near Mountain Home. The rhythmic grind of hay-balers could
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Onion Season

Posted on by Les Tanner / Comments Off on Onion Season

But Not at Your Typical Kitchen Garden By Les Tanner “Who brought the peppers?” someone asked. She pointed at a box that sat on the bench in the gym. “Connie did.” As was common in September, people who
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Happy Lines

Posted on by Brian Parry / Comments Off on Happy Lines

Work and Hospitality on the Range Story and Photos by Brian Parry In the summer of 2019, I spent a week with my friends Jim and Jacque Moreno and their family on a beautiful 122-acre ranch near Culdesac.
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On Old Hill Road

Posted on by Richard Mouser / Comments Off on On Old Hill Road

Endangered Family Farms Stick Together Story and Photos by Richard Mouser In 2005, my family made the decision to move away from the suburban neighborhoods of Eagle and buy an old home in the outskirts of Boise, on
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Not a Pig State

Posted on by Diana Hooley / Comments Off on Not a Pig State

But the Sows Still Sing Story and Photos by Diana Hooley Idaho is not really a pig state. That distinction probably goes to our misnomer, Iowa, but I’ve always liked pigs. Growing up in the ’60s, I thought
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Back from the Brink

Posted on by Geraldine Mathias / Comments Off on Back from the Brink

My spouse Jim is an avid fisherman. Did I say avid? He’s a fanatic about fishing. When I told him I was driving down to the new Springfield Fish Hatchery for sockeye salmon to interview the manager and have a tour of the facility there, he was more than ready to accompany me. “I’ll be your photographer,” he announced. Continue reading

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Farm Lessons

Posted on by Diana Kauffman-Cockrell / Comments Off on Farm Lessons

When I was a kid, my family’s farm near Filer in southern Idaho was a magical place, where anything could happen.

We had parts and pieces of things all over the place—we could make forts, dig for queen ants, play with electricity (hot wire and hose pipe tricks), skip rocks, climb haystacks—you get the idea. What I didn’t know until I left was that growing up on a farm and being part of the operation was the best gift I ever could have received. Continue reading

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The Water Thief

Posted on by Bill Strange / Comments Off on The Water Thief

I’ll wager few things were or are more important to Idaho farmers and ranchers than their water rights. Cattle might be stolen, or money, even wives or lady friends, but water theft has often carried dire consequences, including death. Following is a case in point from my own family history.

My father grew up in Lund. Although he moved to Utah, started a business in Salt Lake City, and raised his family there, he often said, “You can take a kid out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the kid.” He dreamed of moving back to Idaho one day and buying a farm or small ranch. After almost twenty-six years in Utah, he enlisted the help of my mother’s uncle, who was then living in Hagerman, to locate and purchase a small ranch on the bank of the Snake River west of Wendell. Continue reading

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