“I think this resolution… is a good signal to our citizens out in the state,” said Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow. Trail said he’s been involved with Moscow’s farmers market, which brings in $50,000-100,000 to stores in downtown Moscow each week.
Nampa farmer Janie Burns said the resolution would tell Idahoans that buying food from Idaho benefits their health, their community, as well as their economy. “The power of food systems as an economic engine is a real one,” she said. Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, said Idaho citizens spend $4 billion a year on food, but that 90 percent of that food comes from outside Idaho’s borders.
Boise farmer Josie Erskine, who sells at Boise’s farmers market and an online farmers market called Idaho’s Bounty, said the resolution affects her personally. “It’s a declaration of who I am, of who my family is in Idaho,” she said. Erskine added that she believes that as Idaho cities become larger, locally-grown food and farmers become more important. “It is very important for urban people to understand how important agriculture is to the state of Idaho,” she said. “As Idaho grows more urban and more urban, there is going to be more disconnect to ag and farmland.”