Fresh Local Food
The Boise River waters our gardens.
The Treasure Valley does not receive enough rain to grow most food crops, so they must have irrigation water diverted from the Boise River or pumped from its companion aquifer. since 1863, vast amounts of financial and human capital have been invested in infrastructure to store and move water from the Boise River to farms, orchards, pastures and gardens throughout the Treasure Valley.
Today, water from the Boise River supports a growing number of CSA (community-supported agriculture) farms, community gardens, institutional gardens and home gardens. The abundance of fresh produce harvested from them is made possible by water from the Boise River. The availability of local fresh food and locally produced food products using these fresh ingredients benefits our community in three important ways:
- Healthier people
- Cleaner environment
- More jobs
A healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce the incidence of obesity and other chronic diseases in children, adults and seniors. A healthy diet decreases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. And evidence is increasing that people eat more produce and are slimmer and healthier when fresh, locally grown food is available.
Protecting the Boise River is an
investment in public health.
Growing food affects the environment in many ways. One negative effect is the unnecessarily large carbon footprint of transporting food long distances from farm to table. Growing your own food or purchasing locally grown fruit, vegetables and dairy products substantially reduces that carbon footprint. Local food produced with water-wise irrigation techniques, without misuse of chemicals and fertilizers that can contaminate the Boise River, is the environmentally friendly choice.
Growing, selling and buying locally grown food creates jobs and supports our Treasure Valley economy. Local food production supports small businesses, dairies, farmers’ markets, supermarkets, and restaurants.
Learn more about local CSA farms, Community Gardens and Farmers’ Markets.