We learned so much when we were in Montana; from ranchers such as Steve Charter who taught us about soil health, native grasses, and vermicast; to farmers nurturing the diversity of animals and plants on their land for their local food system; to those growing veggies in vertical indoor gardens... so much going on in the #BigSkyCountry. Huge thanks to the Western Organization of Resource Councils, Northern Plains Resource Council team and members for helping us reach and surpass our hopes while visiting Montana.
Left: chickens in the orchard; center: Dexter Shorthorns; right: group discussion
Growing hops in the greenhouse
Brittany and her basil
Charter Farm: Adding nutrients back to the soil
Vermicasts (left) and Sieve for worm casts (right)
left: Steve at the worm bins; center: sunset on the farm; right: Elliot, Steve, Niaz
Western Organization of Resource Councils
Niaz and Montana farmer Dena Hoff (black shirt) led a lively discussion on how the combined voices of food producers, both land and water, can steer policy to be more fair and equitable, while also making food healthier and more sustainable.