Indoor Farms Growing Food through Idaho's Winter

Indoor Farms Growing Food through Idaho's Winter

This post was updated May, 2024 to highlight High Desert Horticulture, River Road Farm, and Shelly & Mike's Farm.

This multi-article series explores innovative contributions to year-round local food production in the Treasure Valley area.

Keep reading to learn what these partnering farms are doing to beat the frost and strengthen access to local vegetables that would be otherwise unavailable through the winter.


Why Hyper-Local Food Production Matters

A strong local food economy means residents have reliable access to a consistent array of diverse foods farmed close by. The more reliable and accessible the products, the more we can count on consumers to regularly support local foods as a staple choice for their daily lives.

In the Treasure Valley area, we face a significant challenge to producing reliable access to a consistent array of nutritious foods: Winter!

On average in Idaho, there is a 145-day block of time each year when it's too cold or too dark to grow food in the ground. If it weren't for these indoor farms, that would mean we could only access local produce for little more than half the year. In the off season, we turn to bigger, further suppliers across the US and around the world.

What if we grew more food locally, even through the winter? Imagine the impact that could have on food security for our communities, and the financial viability it could create for small-scale, independent farms striving to compete in a big-ag world.

Idaho Indoor Farms Growing through the Winter: Our Roundup List

 

Greenwave Hydroponics

Leafy Greens & Herbs Grown Year-Round in Fruitland, Idaho

GreenWave Hydroponics is pioneering a system of efficient and reliable year-round farming in Southwest Idaho with pesticide-free, lean-farming methods. Read the hydroponic case study.

 

 

Ferg's Fabulous Fungi

The Business & Mechanics of Year-Round Mushroom Cultivation in Southwest Idaho

Brody demonstrates that year-round cultivation requires thoughtful business strategy as well as innovative engineering and mechanics. Read the mushroom farm case study.

 

 

High Desert Horticulture

Contributing to Regenerative, Year-Round Food Production

Chris Johnston produces nutrient dense microgreens year round. Read the microgreens case study.

 

 

 

River Road Farm

Idaho's Only Commercial Citrus Farm

River Road Farm produces citrus and warm-weather fruits throughout the year using pesticide-free organic practices and spring-fed water. Read the citrus case study.

 

 

Shelly & Mike's Farm

Geothermal Greenhouse Farming in Buhl, Idaho

Shelly and Mike employ biodynamic farming methods free from pesticides and chemicals to grow food year-round in freezing temperatures in Buhl, Idaho. Read the geothermal greenhouse case study.