Great Final Field Day of 2015!

Thank you so much to all who joined us for our last farmer field day of the season at County Rail Farm! Tracy and Margaret did a wonderful job of explaining their choices when it comes to crop selection, and marketing ideas for their operation as well as the pros and cons of CSA shares versus the farm share model they have since adopted. And what an incredible potluck! The food was wonderful and it was so gracious of them to invite us into their home to share a warm meal and some good conversation.

This year, our field days were geared towards people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration – interns, folks thinking about starting a farm in the near future, and those who are just getting started. We sincerely hope that the tours and workshops were insightful, whatever your particular venture may be.

As a last request, we would be most grateful if those that attended our final field day would take a few minutes to fill out a quick survey to provide feedback on your experience. We have received a couple of responses so far, but the more replies we receive, the more we can improve these tours in the future. Tell us what you thought by clicking here!

And of course, if you would like to stay up to date on the latest happenings at CFAC, sign up for E-news by clicking here.

Thank you again for being a part of Farmer Field Days. Best of luck to all of you and don’t forget, the wheel is your friend!



Huge Turnout At Public Hearing

Thanks to all of you who testified, showed up and spread the word! We asked you to stand up for farmland and you DID. Big time!

For those of you who have been following the efforts to protect farmland here in Missoula County: Tremendous, packed hearing last night with about 3 hours of testimony. The Planning Board took some action: They restored the current definition of agriculture, which means soils of local importance are going to be included in the regulations. The hearing remains open until Tuesday, Sept. 29 when the Board will have a special meeting at 7 PM to address other concerns raised about the draft and then, hopefully, move it on to the County Commissioners. Last night went till after 11:00. One step closer…

Up Next!

The Planning Board’s second and hopefully final hearing on the subdivision regulations.

Planning Board Hearing

September 29th, 7 pm

140 West Pine Street 

Check out farmland preservation in the news! Click the link to read the Missoula Independent’s article on Claire Emery’s soil circles and CFAC’s Save It Don’t Pave It campaign.

Final Farmer Field Day Coming Up!

Thank you so much for sending your interns and/or coming to our field day last week at River Road Farm! Greg gave us a great tour of the farm, along with a fascinating explanation on the pros and cons of their nonprofit status. A big thanks to Dave for showing us valuable seed-saving techniques as well! And what a delicious potluck with food from right there on the farm!

To find out more about the event, read this great article in the Missoulian!

Up Next!

Our Final Field Day at County Rail Farm in Dixon!

Wednesday, September 16th from 3pm-7pm, with a potluck dinner

Started in 2010 by Margaret De Bona and Tracy Potter-Fins, County Rail Farm is a diversified vegetable farm that has rapidly made a name for itself. With some of the earliest asparagus around, great marketing materials, and their own branded lettuce mixes sold in stores around the state, Tracy and Margaret have a lot of knowledge to share.  Their field day will focus on sharing their expertise in marketing, farming efficiently, and selecting the right crops and varietals for your operation.  For more on County Rail Farm, check them out on Facebook or visit their website.

Please register at least 3-4 days in advance (by September 12th) so we can give Tracy, Margaret and their crew a sense of what to expect. It really helps us prepare to know how many people are coming!

CAPS’ Latest Subdivision Framework a Big Improvement


FARMLAND: Save It Don't Pave It

Friends of farmland spoke up and the County heard! THANK YOU! The draft framework CAPS of subdivision regulations released on August 14th, 2015, contains meaningful protections for farmland. They included a suite of mitigation options for developers and gets rid of acreage requirements.

Things are looking up for our farms!

Come celebrate with us at a Farmland Forum this coming Sunday, August 23rd, at Ten Spoons Winery in the Rattlesnake. Enjoy an evening of conversation in a lovely setting. Learn more about the County process. Get answers to your questions, and help us put the final pieces in place. Ask CAPS and the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board to:

  • Protect ALL farmland, including soils of local importance!

The new language only protects farmland situated on soils classified as having prime or statewide importance, not farms on local soils. Removing local soils from protection would mean 62% of current farmland in Missoula County would no longer be protected, and is contrary to Montana state law.

  • Charge a developer fee that makes on-site and off-site mitigation attractive options.

Upcoming Events

TenSpoon logo 2 copySunday, August 23rd from 6 to 8:30 pm

Farmland Forum at Ten Spoons Winery

Monday, September 1st at 7 pm

Missoula Consolidated Planning Board Meeting

Visit the CFAC website for more information.


River Road Field Day

Garden City Harvest’s River Road Farm in Missoula

Seed Saving, Cover Cropping, a Potluck, and more!

Wednesday, August 19th, 3pm – 6pm, followed by a potluck dinner

River Road Community Garden and Neighborhood Farm is one of four urban farms managed by Garden City Harvest. Established in 1996, River Road sits on 3.5 acres and includes 55 community garden plots and a farm that offers 15 winter CSA shares and 64 summer CSA shares and raises 4,000-6,000 pounds of produce annually for the Poverello Center. Because many farmers are considering forming as nonprofits, farm manager Greg Price will talk about the unique benefits and drawbacks of farming as a nonprofit, along with a discussion of the ins and outs of managing a large CSA program, and his seed saving, cover cropping and weed and pest management techniques. For more info on River Road Farm, click here.

Click here for more info and to RSVP

Field days are free, farmer-led, on-farm events geared towards people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration – interns, folks thinking about starting a farm in the near future, and those who are just getting started. Of course, beginning and established farmers and ranchers are welcome, too!

Each field day is farmer led so they vary in topics and times based on the farmers’ areas of expertise and availability. To best assist the farmers in hosting a successful field day, we ask that you register at least three days in advance, or by Sunday, August 16th. Walk-ins are still welcome, but we’d greatly prefer to have a good estimate of numbers in advance.

We hope to see you there!


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