It’s a Date!

2015-09-15 21.02.21

Hello Friends of Farmland,

We are so grateful for all you have done to save ag lands in our county. You’ve written letters, you’ve attended meetings, you’ve testified in front of the Planning Board, you’ve come to events, you’ve become members of our organization. Basically, you’ve rocked! Thanks to you, we are as close as we have ever been to seeing those regulations become a reality.

Let’s see it through to the end. The Missoula County Board of County Commissioners will make the final decision on the regulations, and they need to know you care. Help us convince the commissioners that farmland protection is essential to our well being as a community and vital to the health of our local food system. Ask them to VOTE YES and approve the Planning Board’s proposed farmland protection measures for the county subdivision review regulations.

Submit Comments to CAPS

Click here for CAPS’ website

Attend the meeting

When:   Tuesday, December 8th, 6 pm

Where: City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine downtown Missoula

Paid Spring Internship at CFAC

Want to help Montana’s beginning farmers grow successful, sustainable businesses?  Want to learn about how to develop new resources, plan educational opportunities, host events, and evaluate programs?  CFAC is looking for an intern for this spring to assist with a range of projects, including:

  • Promoting and marketing a new statewide resource, Farm Link Montana (to be launched in mid-November), to farmers and ranchers and the people who work with them across the state (throughout the spring)
  • Planning, promoting, administering, and evaluating a series of business planning oriented workshops in Missoula (January – March)
  • Supporting MSU Extension and small business staff across Montana in offering business planning workshops in their communities (January – March)
  • Working with a range of partners to develop tools to connect farm and food businesses with investors in Western Montana, including considering the full range of options (January), hosting our first round of funding (February), and evaluating the funding round (April)
  • Planning and promoting a series of on-farm, farmer-led Field Days, including developing a guide for hosts and an evaluation tool for participants (offered over the summer, planning and promotion in March – May)

Note: you will not be expected to lead these projects, but will have the opportunity to assist in development and management as appropriate. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to assist with multiple projects.  We can offer a $1,000 stipend to applicants able to offer at least 10 hours/week between January and May.

To apply, email with your resume and a note on the project(s) in which you’re interested and any additional relevant information not covered in your resume.  We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a planned intern start date of January 25th.

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!


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