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Food production for self and community resilience.

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Cultivating personal and community resilience through gardening

The 5B Resilience Gardens initiative seeks to broaden community access to local gardening resources, enhance visibility of existing and new gardens throughout the community, and cultivate a vibrant gardening community through resource sharing, collaborative events and education opportunities.


Community collaborations that have turned over 20,000 lbs. of food waste into compost.

Participating 5B Resilience Gardens donate thousands of pounds of fresh produce to community members in need

Engage hundreds of community members through our educational webinars.


“Thank you for bringing together the many organizations and individuals in our valley who support the local food system. LFA provides a needed service to our community.” ~ Julie Johnson NourishMe & Julie Foods

julie johnson, nourishMe & Julie Foods

Become a 5B Resilience Gardener

Do you have a garden or grow food? Do you want to display your support with a garden flag? Interested gardeners can join the 5B Resilience Gardens initiative by completing a membership survey. Once the survey is completed, a 5B Resilience Gardens representative will provide additional information to each prospective member based upon survey responses.

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Your Resilience Garden

Food Production

  • Food production for self and family (including veggies, fruits, berries, herbs, grains, seeds & nuts)
  • Food harvest shared with neighbors and community
  • Seed saving and sharing, starting seedlings from seeds, propagating perennials
  • Chickens and egg production
  • Bees for honey

Pollinator Habitat

  • Plants to feed pollinators and birds
  • Plants to feed predators of garden pests
  • Plant diversity - flowers and trees, including native plants, various sizes and colors of flowers, continuous blooms from early spring to late fall
  • Zero insecticide or pesticide (Ecological Pest Management (EPM) strategies)
  • “Messy” late fall and early spring yards (including art), providing habitat materials for birds & insects & their eggs

Soil Care

  • Wise use of water (drip, minimum but sufficient, sunken water delivery, timed with weather and heat of day)
  • Organic fertilizing methods (No synthetic fertilizers), including manure, compost, Hugelkultur, blood meal, etc.
  • Composting of kitchen, yard and garden waste
  • Environmentally friendly & regenerative soil cultivation practices, including permaculture, no or low till gardening, forking
  • Soil protection with mulch to maintain the microbiome & fertility, and reduce evapotranspiration

We recommend shopping locally whenever possible. We will continue to update this with more listings.

  • Idaho Lumber - Currently carrying a variety of gardening tools, gloves and other supplies. They have bagged compost and soils.
  • Sun Valley Garden Center - Stocked with a variety of veggie starts including tomatoes, herbs and other early season veggies. Getting new plant material in every day. They have a variety of garden supplies. Gloves, tools, bed materials: weed barriers, compost and soils.
  • Webb Nursery - Both stores are open to the public. Getting new plant material in every day including a variety of early season veggie/herb starts, perennials. They have garden supplies including gloves, tools, seeds, compost, soils, they do not carry peat moss.
  • Winn's Compost - Currently carries a premium compost and a landscape compost, topsoil and mulch. Premium compost is $60 per yard and landscape compost is $40 per yard. Delivery charge $30.
  • Wood River Seed Library - Please join our Facebook group to connect with gardeners in the area to share information, tools, supplies, and more. Join us on May 30 for a tailgate-style Plant & Seed Exchange at the Upper Big Wood River Grange, 10am-Noon. Our seed library is housed in the Hailey Public Library and will be accessible soon. We have been distributing seeds directly. Review the inventory here and send your requests to woodriverseedlibrary@gmail.com.

Thanks for your interest in Resilience Gardening!

Cultivating personal and community resilience through gardening provides a tangible way for individuals to connect with nature, the food they eat, and the broader community. Raising awareness of food production as a means to self and community sufficiency is key to being resilient in the face of the current pandemic, and future impacts related to climate change, economic turmoil, and public health crises.

Started in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 5B Resilience Gardens is a collaboration facilitated by Sun Valley Institute for Resilience. Collaborating organizations include Climate Action Coalition of the Wood River Valley, Ketchum Recreation Department, I Have a Dream Foundation - Idaho, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, University of Idaho Extension & 4-H, Upper Big Wood River Grange, Wood River Community YMCA, Wood River Land Trust, Wood River Seed Library and gardeners throughout our valley.

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