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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Planning for Agriculture in our Community

Bob Wagner, Senior Director of Farmland Protection Programs, American Farmland Trust

Wagner has been on the staff of American Farmland Trust (AFT) since 1985 and worked in the field of farmland protection since 1981. In his current position with AFT, Wagner helps communities nationwide build support for and create policies to protect agricultural land. He has co-authored a number of publications, including Protecting Farmland Through Purchase of Development Rights: The Farmers’ Perspective and Investing in the Future of Agriculture: The Massachusetts Farmland Protection Program and the Permanence Syndrome. He was a contributing writer to AFT’s national guidebook on farmland protection techniques, Saving American Farmland: What Works. Wagner holds a BA in biology from Bucknell University and a MS degree in natural resources planning from the University of Vermont. 

This is a free public event, sponsored by the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition, Trust Montana, Missoula Community Food Co-op and the Western Montana Growers Cooperative.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:00 pm
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Farmer Field Day: Growing for a Farmers' Market

Ploughshare Farm operates a diversified farm on 18 acres in the Moiese Valley, raising chickens, dairy goats, alfalfa, and a wide array of vegetables. Nicole Jarvis and Cale Nittinger sell their produce at the Missoula and Polson Farmers' Markets and through the Western Montana Growers' Co-op and via that experience, they have gained a great depth of knowledge over the past eight years about how to successfully grow for a farmers' market. Nicole will discuss crop planning, harvest, and other preparations and will host an interactive demonstration around the aesthetics and functionality of setting up an effective farmers' market booth.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Farmer Field Day: Starting an Organic Orchard and Vineyard

In 2014, Kristen Von Doersten planted her first cherry trees and grape vines and she is excited to share everything she's learned over the past three seasons. From managing 160 grape vines of four different varietals and 270 cherry trees (also four different varietals) to preparing for USDA Organic inspections and certification, Kristen will cover it all. If you've considered managing your own long-term fruit operation, this will be not-to-miss!

FREE EVENT - please RSVP by June 12th -

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Farmer Field Day: Vegetable Seed Production

This field day will be at Good Egg Farm, but will be hosted by both Good Egg owner, Leslie Kline, and Deluge Farm owner, Victoria Werner. Both farms grow seed for Triple Divide Seed Co-op and contract for multiple other companies, along with the rest of their production for farmers' markets and the Western Montana Growers' Co-op. Victoria and Leslie will cover how and why to grow seed on your farm, the importance of high-quality seed, and integrating seed growing with vegetable production. They will also share a seed-cleaning demonstration and showcase Good Egg's seed stock for onions, parsnips, carrots, and more.

FREE EVENT - please RSVP by July 17th -

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Farmer Field Day: Growing Weed-Free Onions

The PEAS Farm is one of four urban farms managed by Garden City Harvest and is operated in collaboration with UM's Environmental Studies program. The PEAS Farm offers CSA shares of vegetables and flowers and donates thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables to the Missoula Food Bank each year. Over the past 14 years, farm director Josh Slotnick has been working to find ways to limit weeds in his onions. He also has learned a lot about farming with community. Josh will talk about both of these topics and share tools for improving onion-growing on your farm.

Free event - please register by Sunday, August 7th -

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Farmer Field Day: Resource Management on a Diverse Livestock Operation

In 2012, Tyler and Kim Tucker bought 84 acres in the Bitterroot Valley and launched their highly successful ranch and creamery. They raise delicious pigs using methods they studied in Germany and grass-fed dairy lambs some of whom are sold for meat and some of whom are kept and milked for their growing cheese business. Their cheese is sold at farmers' markets and grocery stores throughout the region, as well as through the Western Montana Growers' Co-op. Clearly, Tyler and Kim do a lot of juggling to manage all of the different aspects of their farm. Tyler will talk about how he manages resources and keeps all of the balls in the air.

Free event - register by Sun. Sept. 4 -

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Savor Meet Your Farmer Event

Come and meet local food producers like Harlequin Produce, Ploughshare and Tucker Farms and enjoy delicious food from them and Lifeline Farms and Cider Works. Tickets are $10, which covers the food, and beer and wine will be available fore sale. Buy your tickets here: 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tamarack Tap Night

Looking to quench your thirst? Join us at the Tamarack Brewing Company - Missoula for a cold beer! 75 cents of every pint sold will be donatated to CFAC. So, come on down and learn more about CFAC and drink some amazing beer!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Western Cider Official Release

Join Western Cider at The Rhino (158 Ryman, Missoula MT 59802) to kickoff the first batch of cider hand crafted by Missoula's first legal apple fermenters - Western Cider. There will be 3 varieties to try including PoorFarmer Classic and Hopped. Meet the cider makers, have a drink, and learn about the cider culture our gang is growing in Montana.
Find out more about Western Cider here.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sustainable Farm Law 101

A legal workshop for farmers where you won’t hear the phrase “Well, I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t really answer that…” The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition is partnering with Farm Commons to host Sustainable Farm Law 101 at the University of Montana in Missoula. This two-day workshop on March 10-11 is geared toward direct-market farmers. The 16 hours of information and advice from a licensed attorney will include:

Day 1 (8:30-4:30):
· Farm Business Creation and Succession: Starting an operation from scratch and successful succession strategy for retirement, tax issues, labor contributions and more

· Leasing: From settling on a rate to discussing water access and permitted uses, we’ll cover the essentials of a solid lease, plus tips on how to negotiate with your neighbors

· Purchasing Land: Mortgages, seller-financing and land contracts are popular but the strength of these options depends on the details hidden in the paperwork- learn to spot them

Day 2 (8:30-4:30):
· Business organization: How to select and form a business entity that encourages optimal management of your farm operation, whether starting a new business or transferring an existing one

· Workers: How to address priority employment law issues, including workers’ compensation, minimum wage rules, volunteers, and internship programs.

· Insurance and Liability: Insurance for injuries can get you back on your feet if you have the right policy- we’ll cover those and crop insurance options for a variety of farms

The workshop will be co-facilitated by attorney Rachel Armstrong and Montana farmers. Rachel is the founder of Farm Commons, a non-profit that develops legal resources specifically for farmers. User-friendly legal education will be integrated with practical, on the ground experience, including input from participants. Full registration is only $70 or $40 for a single day with a limited number of seats available. Light breakfast and lunch are included both days.

For more information and to register, visit the events page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, March 10, 2017 8:30 am - Saturday, March 11, 2017 4:30 pm
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Western Cider: Batch No. 1

Join Western Cider! at The Dram Shop to break open the first batch of cider - hand crafted by Missoula's FIRST LEGAL APPLE FERMENTEURS - Western Cider. Try our initial lineup, including limited run ferments and our flagship POOR FARMER Classic and Hopped. Come meet the gang between 4 and 8, try a flight, and learn about the cider culture we are bubbling in Montana! Learn more about Western Cider here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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$2 Tuesdays

The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) seeks your support by coming to the 44 Bar & Outwest Grill in St. Ignatius (73124 US-93) for $2 Tuesdays on March 14th from 6-7:30 PM.  We’re hosting a Local Food for All: A Community Picnic in May that supports local food access at farmers' markets. A $10 donation supports this event and gets you a free beer on the house and an evening of good company. There are over 25 Montana beers on tap. Come see what other resources CFAC offers to farmers and ranchers.  For more info call Shay at 802 735 6680.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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KettleHouse UNite

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) will be at the Northside KettleHouse with information about their organization, food and raffle drawings. Fifty cents of each pint sold between 5:00 and 8:00 pm will be donated to CFAC to help support their efforts to conserve valuable agriculture land, assist beginning farmers and ranchers and ensure all Missoula residents have access to healthy local food. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Local Food for All: A Community Picnic

Please join us at Farm Road (35060 Mud Lake Trail, Polson), a rural gathering place for food, art, community, family, and music on Saturday May 13th from 1-6 PM for a picnic. 

 The picnic will feature a pop-up art show that celebrates local food and farming, an old homestead tour, a taste of local fare, and a silent auction. Proceeds will increase food access to all at farmer’s markets in the Mission Valley and support the Double SNAP Dollar program.

For more info or to purchase tickets, please call Shay Farmer 802.735.6680 of Community Food & Agriculture Coalition. Please bring picnic necessities. Free local rides are available.

Individual tickets are $20; family of 4 Ticket are $75, for entry and a plated dinner. Local beer will be available for purchase. Vendors are welcome, please call for more information.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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