About Onsen Farm

Onsen Farm is located in a beautiful area of the Hagerman Valley in southern Idaho, aka "The Miracle Mile", which is renowned for it's abundant spring water and geothermal wells.  This unique resource allows us to heat our 10,000 sq. ft of greenhouses sustainably.  During the winter and spring months we sell our produce to the Boise and Wood River Valley markets and restaurants, along with providing produce to our local community 40 member Winter CSA.  Our 5.5 acre eden-in-the-works boasts a healthy riparian corridor, and while we are developing a portion of the land into pasture and permaculture food forests, we are also hard at work to "un-develop" a healthy share of the land to provide additional native habitat for the local wildlife. For the humans, we have two homes, a yurt with kitchen and living area for community living, a one bedroom tiny house, bathhouse and cedar hot tub, and a 26' vintage airstream with private soaking tub - all heated with our geothermal water.

In the five greenhouses we grow directly in the soil, with a focus on building a robust and dynamic ecosystem.  We use deep organic methods and are in the process of getting our organic certification.  Through the addition of worm castings, organic compost, mychorrizae, bio-teas, and an intense cover cropping regimen during the summer months we ensure rich, living soil that produces great tasting and vibrantly nutritious food. We dedicate nearly 15% of our available growing area to habitat for beneficial insects to keep pests in check.   Our season starts in November and we finish up in June, right when the summer farmers are starting to come on with their produce.  

We are very lucky to have 125 degree artesian geothermal water which enables us to heat our structures with little or no energy.  We are also fortunate to have pressurized spring water from the Lost River Aquifer piped to our farm; fresh clean water that hasn't seen the light of day in several hundred years.   Onsen Farm's mission/vision is to create a model of a permaculture based way of living using sustainable and ethical practices in raising healthy food for vibrant people.  We offer various workshops pertaining to agriculture and permaculture throughout the winter/spring season.   If you would like to be placed on our mailing list for workshops and farm events please email onsenfarm@gmail.com

{Onsen translation = Japanese healing hot springs}