Jordan Street Garden Work Pary – April 14th

Dear VPNA and our favorite volunteers!

The Jordan Street Garden is excited to begin preparing for our 4th gardening year! We’ll be having our work party from 10-2pm on Saturday, April 14th and would love to put a shout out for volunteers. Our focus will be as follows:

  • Amend the soil with compost
  • Organize compost area
  • Pick up trash
  • Dig irrigation lines
  • Paint Jordan Street Garden sign
  • Trim bushes
  • Organize storage shed

This is a family friendly event and lunch will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring any tools they find useful, gloves and to have fun!!! Thank for you for your help in spreading the word and it would be really helpful to collect some type of head count so I can be sure to have enough food and supplies.

To read more about the garden and how you can buy a CSA share of their produce please click here.

With gratitude, Shana

For more information contact: Shana Moore 208.850.7821

BUGS pilots Row by Row series to adults

There is a growing awareness in our community and country as to
the importance of consuming nutritionally rich food.  The overall benefit to human health and the
environment have been documented, and many community groups, churches and
business have started community gardens as a result of this awareness. The
American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) estimates that there are more
than 18,000 community gardens in the U.S. and Canada alone. In the Treasure
Valley, currently 18 community gardens are operating on record.  Unfortunately, the list is continually
shifting as one garden appears and another disappears.  So often a new community garden is started
with such passion and excitement only to wither the following year.

At BUGS (Boise Urban Garden School), we don’t just want to create gardens; we want to create
communities that garden together. To accomplish this goal community gardens
must develop a plan for success that will maintain a lasting place in our
public spaces. To encourage community garden successes, BUGS is piloting a new
adult community garden education series called Row by Row in 2012.

Series Objectives

Row by Row guides through organic gardening in a communal community garden setting. All students
will work as a group to plan and plant the garden space, tend the garden, and share in the harvest.

Students can expect:

  • hands-on experiences with nature and gardening
  • soil composition and composting techniques
  • seed propagation and planting instruction
  • natural weed and pest management tips
  • a share in the annual harvest
  • information and education to start your own organic community garden
  • to participate in approximately 2 hours of garden work outside of the regularly scheduled class time

Who: Open to participants ages 17+

When: May 3rd-November 15th, Thursday evenings

May class time 5:30-dusk, June class time 6:30-dusk

Where: The Salvation Army, 1904 West Bannock Street, Boise, 83702

Cost: $325 (payment plans are available)


Visit under the
“Get Your Hands Dirty” tab to learn more about the program and to enroll.




Providing feedback to the Boise City Urban Agriculture Committee

On July 13th the VPNA received a letter from Cody Riddle, the Manager of Boise City Planning and Development Services, requesting comments or concerns or other feedback in response to the preliminary recommendations of the Urban Agriculture Committee.  Please click on this link and read the attached letter and memorandum and direct your comments and questions to Cody Riddle at (208) 384-3830 or

Formal comments on the preliminary recommendations should be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on July 29th, 2011.