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.
A regenerative Montana meat company | Medium
… “I think we really get wrapped around the wrong axles in the whole regenerative agriculture movement. It’s not just about better practices in a vacuum, it’s about a food system built to sustain those practices.” https://medium.com/@danmiller_steward/old-salt-c903035ed90f
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
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…
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
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.
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