the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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rocking co-op in montana

Putting food from local farm fields onto dinner tables in Polson, Montana, (pop. 5,000) is about healthy eating and a whole lot more.The Polson Food Hub, part of the Montana Co-op, is a place where people not only pick up locally produced food, they might also stop by to take boxing lessons, make salsa, learn how to mix and record music or try traditional tribal dance.

HECK YEA. Learn more about them here!

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range rider position in Montana


The Rodear Initiative (RI) is a pilot project for an innovative management system designed to improve the health, diversity, and productivity of public and private rangelands in the Northern Rockies. The RI is working in partnership with Keystone Conservation and other project partners. Project operations are conducted on a National Forest summer grazing allotment outside of McAllister, MT.

The Range Technician/Rider will be a contract, full-time, seasonal early June and ending in mid October, with the potential to become permanent seasonal. The position may be filled by an individual or couple.

Download the full position description HERE

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mapping the food system in montana

springAgriculture Department mapping Montana’s food system

A new interactive online map created by Montana’s Department of Agriculture paints a picture of the potential for improving Montana’s food system infrastructure and providing new economic opportunities for agriculture and locally-grown food products.

Based on the outcome of a 2011 economic analysis commissioned by Lake County’s Community Development Corporation, Nancy Matheson and her team undertook the massive chore of coding and labeling each establishment that is part of Montana’s system of food commerce including producers, processors, distributors, retailers and more.

Matheson, who is the special projects coordinator for the Agriculture Marketing and Business Development Bureau of the Montana Department of Agriculture, said the map will always be a work in progress as data is updated, but for now, the U.S. 93 corridor along the five counties in Western Montana is the most comprehensive.

“We used information from the Department of Health’s food license database to code each establishment,” Matheson said. “We were surprised to realize that 25 percent of Montana’s licensed food businesses are in the five counties that make up the U.S. 93 corridor. So that’s why the Western Montana portion of the map is the most complete.”

Read the rest of the article here.


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vilicus farms seeks apprentice

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2013 Farm Apprentice Position, Vilicus Farms, Havre, MT

Vilicus Farms is a first generation, organic, dryland crop farm located in northern Hill County, Montana.  Established in 2009, Vilicus Farms grows a diverse array of heirloom and specialty grains, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops on approximately 1,800 acres.  Integral to Vilicus Farms’ mission of land stewardship is an aspiration to also steward new organic farmers.  To that end Vilicus Farms is recruiting for the 2013 growing season a highly motivated individual with a demonstrated desire to pursue farming as a profession.   Continue reading

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rocket mass heater workshop

outside of Missoula, Montana – October 26-28th, 2012. 
Come get your hands dirty & get inspired to heat & cook more efficiently!

On the agenda:
Rocket Mass Heater & Rocket Stove projects & applications, with instruction from Ernie & Erica Wisner.

1. Portable Rocket Mass Heaters – Paul Wheaton style
2. Rumford Fireplace
3. J-tube rocket cook stoves – Super Classy Version, and Simple version made from available materials.

Dream Projects: Touching on the topic of “Boom Squish” – using a Rocket Mass Heater to heat water & in place of a wood boiler system.

There are 24 seats available, at $320/person, until August 15th. After August 15th, registration is at full price: $400/person.
Based on interest, camping & accommodation information to follow. Continue reading

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ranch job available asap

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The Sun Ranch is located in the upper Madison River Valley of southwestern Montana, about 30 miles south of Ennis. The Sun encompasses approximately 25,000 acres of deeded land and grazing leases. The ranch is committed to conservation and improving the health of the land for wildlife and livestock through progressive management.

The Sun’s livestock operation seasonally grazes yearlings, spayed heifers, pairs, and replacement heifers for income and to improve wildlife habitat. The grazing season is carefully planned, taking into account the forage resources required for wildlife and using cattle impact to improve the quality of forage for other species. Because the ranch is such a wildlife corridor, many of the old barbed wire fences have been removed and much of the ranch is unfenced. Therefore, temporary electric fence, “let-down” high-tensile wire fence, and herding are used to achieve grazing objectives.

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Rooted tells the stories of a new generation of farmers and ranchers in Montana through still photography and written profiles. I began this project in the spring of 2010 as an assignment for a photo-documentary journalism course at the University of Montana. At the end of that course, there was more that I wanted to do, so I extended Rooted to include other farmers, and it has become my professional paper, culminating my graduate work in the Environmental Studies Program. Rooted is the result of 13 site visits and interviews with new farmers and ranchers in Montana. Continue reading