“Intentional Farming with Conservation Grains”

Driving north from Bozeman to Choteau, the easternmost stretches of Montana’s Rockies casually release from their bouldered inclines and winding passes into a gentler landscape. From Helena onward for 100 miles, vast blankets of cropland and pastures softly billow and ease into the coulees and creeks leisurely shaping the north country. The journey is a surrender to subtler views, a submission to not getting anywhere anytime soon. Choteau itself is bound in all directions by this same expanse. But just miles east of town, amid swathes of predominantly conventionally farmed land, sits a small acreage revered and maintained a bit differently by its owners.

Don’t Call it Dirt!

View this post on Instagram There are so many ways to celebrate the Easter basket tradition with your children without resorting to the peeps🙄😊 This educational coloring book by one of their school mates Maloi Lannan @barneycreeklivestock would be a treat for any age. I could try to tell her story . . . But…

Conserving Soil

View this post on Instagram This morning, I hooked up our flatbed trailer to go pick up some rye. Walking back to the truck I noticed the difference between our neighbor's field, pictured on the left, and our field. His was a lot easier to walk through. His field with low stubble was showing dirt…

April = Shelterbelts

View this post on Instagram April 2010: Planting shelterbelts. Today these saplings are over our heads and used year-round by wildlife, large and microscopic. Thanks Sarah and Becky! A post shared by Conservation Grains (@conservationgrains) on Apr 18, 2019 at 7:46pm PDT

The Brix score: Sugar and Minerals

“Plants with higher brix readings are more resilient to disease and insect attack.” –from The Conscious Farmer website Go to their website to read more about:  Brix scores are indicative of plant health and healthy food.

Water infiltration demo

June 2018, NRCS Field Day at Spring Coulee Farm … The rainfall simulator sprays 5 trays of soil from different cultivation practices. The jars in front hold runoff water; the back row of jars show the water that has been able to move through the soil. Our SCF soil tray is on the far right…

Gulch Distillery

View this post on Instagram Made by Gulch Distillery for Gay Pride Week using currants from Spring Coulee Farm. Gulch is now also using our Conservation Grains winter wheat to make wonderful gin and vodka. We're proud! A post shared by Conservation Grains (@conservationgrains) on Dec 26, 2018 at 6:03pm PST

First Flax

This is Spring Coulee Farm’s first flax crop. It was beautiful, and a good rotation crop following spring wheat. We harvested it with a stripper header, leaving those tenacious, gnarly flax stalks standing in the field this winter to catch snow and provide cover and food for the pheasants.