Category : Community

Gizmo-CdA

Gizmo-CdA

Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s amazing volunteers are at it again, creating new and exciting programs to build a stronger and more sustainable community.  This Spring, volunteers Marty and Barbara Mueller partnered with the University of Idaho and KEA to create a new and exciting program, Gizmo CdA.  Located at 804 North 4th Street, Gizmo CdA is a space where art, design, technology and tools are connected more »

North Idaho College Foundation Awards Grant to Roots Gathering Garden

North Idaho College Foundation Awards Grant to Roots Gathering Garden

Santa Clause came early this week to the Community Roots Gathering Garden on the North Idaho College Campus.  In partnership with Chef Rick Schultz and the college’s Culinary Arts Program, the garden will receive approximately $6,900 from the North Idaho College Foundation.  The foundation’s Executive Director, Rayelle Anderson, made the announcement December 11th at the Foundation’s Grants Announcement Ceremony. Kootenai Environmental Alliance is in its more »

Community Roots Extends Growing Season

Community Roots Extends Growing Season

Over the summer, volunteers and Work Ready interns transformed an unused slash pile along the North Idaho College (NIC) education corridor into a true gathering place where the teaching, learning and growing is visible for all of the community to see. Community Roots, a program of Kootenai Environmental Alliance, is goaled with reconnecting people with the land that feeds them.  To reach this goal, this more »

News from the Roots Gathering Garden

 As the days grow rapidly shorter the work still goes on- here is what’s been going on at the Community Roots Gathering Garden site at North Idaho College. Those that knew the plot of land can understand why it has been a challenging first season for the volunteers working to transform it.  The site was previously utilized for industrial purposes, the grounds were barren and more »

Coeur d'Alene Will Reward Residents for Water Conservation

Coeur d’Alene Will Reward Residents for Water Conservation

Water is a precious resource that we must all protect through conservation. Here in Idaho, 40-60% of water consumed by homeowners is used outdoors for lawns and plants. During the summer, Coeur d’Alene municipal water systems must pump 5-6 times more water than in the winter to provide for irrigation. Coeur d’Alene’s average winter demand is about 7 million gallons per day where a hot  more »

Community Roots Gathering Garden

Community Roots Gathering Garden

It has been a busy couple of months at the Community Roots Gathering Garden located on the NIC education corridor on the east side of Hubbard Street.  A core group of volunteers, in partnership with young adults from Work Ready, have been busy transforming this neglected old mill site into an example of Permaculture principles and techniques. Community Roots seeks to connect the community with the more »

Community Roots 2013 A Year in Transition

Community Roots 2013 A Year in Transition

Community Roots is beginning its 6th year as a program of KEA.  Community Roots began in 2007 with the Local Food Share Program which collects surplus produce from the Farmers Market and backyard gardeners and redistributes it to the many food assistance facilities in our community.  To date Local Food Share has provided  approximately 30,000 lbs of fruits and vegetables to those that would otherwise more »

Establishing Sustainable Food Systems for Future Generations

Establishing Sustainable Food Systems for Future Generations

Consumers today are more conscientious than ever about where their food is sourced and how it is grown. Since the passing of The Organic Food Production Act in 1990, the organic food industry in the U.S. has grown at a rate of 20-30% per year, making it the fastest growing sector in the food market. Growing awareness of the quality and nutrient value of the more »

Sheet Mulching

Sheet Mulching

Although I consider myself an amateur gardener, I regularly have friends asking me for advice in starting a garden. It can feel like a daunting task; chopping sod, finding someone with a rototiller and tilling the ground, or building raised beds and hauling soil, figuring out what to add to the soil, figuring out how to sow and tend to each plant. The entire months’ more »

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

As summer is starting to fade into fall I am reminded and wishing for that amazing warm weather we saw this season. With that weather and current pollutants found in lakes, two documented blue green algae blooms exploded in Fernan and Hayden lakes causing health advisories and shutting down lake access. Why is Blue Green Algae showing up in our lakes? Blue Green Algae is more »