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The “Other” Cody

Discover the charm of the offseason You may think you know Cody, Wyoming — the “cowboy” town that dons a touch of glitz for the tourists. But, if you’ve never slipped into town during the off-season, you’re missing the “other” Cody — the Cody where winter’s chill is offset by an extra warm Wyoming welcome….

Spiritworks Herb Farm

Where Heart and Hands Connect Sometimes, a farm is more than just a farm. Sometimes, working a piece of land can be a powerful way to grow as a human, right alongside the growing crops. Spiritworks Herb Farm is one such place, where medicinal herbs and people flourish in symbiosis. Founded in 2014 by owner…

Fresh Cut Success

Passiflora Farm takes root in the most unlikely of places When Melissa Urick, of Passiflora Farms in Cody, Wyoming, tells people she’s a flower farmer, she gets a lot of blank stares. Those stares are then followed with the questions, “Here? In Cody?” And the answer is an unbelievable, “Yes!” While most locals struggle to…

The Loud & Lively Future

Young callers rise the ranks to keep auctioneering alive If you are in a livestock-related industry or into country music, you might be able to hum that old Leroy Van Dyke tune, “The Auctioneer.” It tells the story of a young Arkansas boy who longs to — do or die — learn that auction cry….

Industry Goes to Bat for Ag Education

Area schools see a comeback in FFA The students in Seely Daniels’ first-period class at Laurel High School start their morning in the school’s spacious new greenhouse. They tend plants, harvest produce and maintain the aquaponic growing system by feeding the perch and bluegill that live in the large tank at one end of the…

Chew On This!

Former tobacco user creates tobacco-free alternative Former tobacco addict Dave Holt’s goals aren’t explicitly financial or even tied to any numbers, stats or figures. He has concocted a healthy alfalfa chew as a tobacco substitute in hopes of reducing users’ all-powerful snuff habits. Ultimately, he would like to alleviate for others, one person at a…

Grizzlies on the Move

Bears embark on new territory putting ranchers on alert Grizzly bears are no strangers to the prairie. Historically ranging eastward as far as the Dakotas, they’re once again moving into their previous home range, although now, instead of bison, the land is teeming with domestic livestock and potential conflict. No longer confined to the mountains,…

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Picking a Piece of History

Preserving Montana’s apple orchards for future generations Most days when the weather is fair, you’ll find John Ross walking his Fromberg property checking up on his stand of apple trees. The 74-year-old comes from a long line of apple growers. Some of the trees on his property have stood the test of time, surviving and…

Small Goods, Big Business

Ag roots run deep for owners of Action Toys If you’re looking for tractors, combines, balers or harvesters, the Pippin family has you covered. The same is true if you’re looking for beet pickers, fuel tanks, calf shelters, loading chutes, cattle guards, feed wagons and plows, or just about any other ag-related implement or accessory…

Moonshiners on Main Street

Montana’s micro-distilleries making a national name for themselves If you’ve been in Montana for any length of time, chances are good that you’ve had a personal encounter on a thirsty day with the state’s booming craft beer scene. With new breweries springing up like wildflowers in every town, it’s hard to miss. However, you may…

Farm to Family

Central Montana couple find solace in organic farming Nine years ago, heading home from Farm and Ag Day at the Fergus County Fairgrounds, 7-year-old Luke O’Halloran had a question for his parents, Brandon and Mariah. “If you can’t get the chemicals on your hands, why do we put them on our food?” Brandon and Mariah,…

Building Fences, Rebuilding Lives

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch heals kids through agriculture On a hot summer day, 15-year-old Charlie walks with a purpose down the giant and overflowing rows of ripening raspberry bushes. He’s got an eagle-eye focus, hoping to pluck a few of the juiciest berries. “You look like you need some,” he says as he happily…

Growing up Greenough

The lasting legacy of the famed rodeo family Anyone who knows anything about rodeo knows a thing or two about the “Riding Greenoughs” of Red Lodge. During their heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, siblings Turk, Alice, Marge and Bill Greenough made rodeo history with their uncanny ability to stick tight to wildly bucking stock….

From Fromberg to Edgar

Six miles of separation By most standards, Fromberg typifies small-town Montana. But if Fromberg is small, that would make Edgar a mere dot on the map. Situated a few miles apart along the winding Clarks Fork River, the “cousin communities” are defined by much more than their relative sizes. Both take pride in their deep…

Cookbook Showcases Montana’s Unique Flavors

Big Sky Bounty There are only so many times a woman can make deer spaghetti. Jean Peterson jokes that she had reached her limit when she called her longtime friend, Barrie Boulds, a private chef and caterer, for some new ideas for wild game. “Barrie is a storyteller, so she always had some fun story,…

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Growing Innovation

A look at two farmers bringing sustainable food to our tables Brittany Moreland doesn’t look like most farmers. She’s missing the dirt under her fingernails because she plants all her seeds with a tweezers, gently transplanting and harvesting them with gloved hands. She doesn’t own a tractor and doesn’t even have a field to tend….

Bred for the Land

Loyning Angus has a different take on cattle breeding genetics Rancher Ben Loyning is a man who really likes his livestock. On the Facebook page for Loyning Angus, the operation he runs near Warren, Montana, here’s what he had to say about one of his bulls, Equinox 7: “He is sound from the ground up…