Three Stories, Three Ways To Give: Donate

My wife and I were married underneath a canopy of golden willows that my great-great grandfather planted. We held our reception across the creek inside a century old shearing shed. That space of sweat and toil, which likely had never seen celebration beyond the odd shared dram of post-shearing whisky, transformed then into a venue

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The Practical Side of Biodiversity

We were impressed by this article from the Ranching for Profit blog, and thought it worthy of republishing. I once asked ranching consultant Gregg Simonds, if there were only three things he could measure to evaluate the health of rangelands, what they would be.  He responded: 1. Cover, 2. Cover, and 3. Biodiversity.  Gregg wasn’t

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Muddy Creek Ranch tour breaks in my new cowboy boots!

Saturday morning was perfect with the suns rays gradually warming the autumn chill in the air. I dressed appropriately for a field day at a ranch; jeans, belt, ball cap, and best of all, a chance to wear my new cowboy boots! Muddy Creek Ranch, just north of Wilsall, is one of Western Sustainability Exchange’s Certified Sustainable cattle

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Keepers of the Land

This is a wonderful documentary by Montana PBS about the ranching and farming heritage that is so important to WSE’s mission. It articulates the fundamental connection between people and land, the importance of agriculture to our communities and cultural identity, and the principle of sustainability:  managing a resource base in the interest of future generations.

Stewarding the Next Generation

“Real Men Drink Pink,” reads signs pinned to the shirts of two brothers selling lemonade at the Livingston Farmers Market. Cody and Braxton Vincent are quite the entrepreneurs. Several other vendors sell fresh lemonade and attract long lines at their booths. Cody and Braxton decided to differentiate themselves by wearing signs on their shirts and wandering

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Chefs are My Heroes!

I admit it. I love chefs. I love how they think and talk about food. I love their desire to make food a sensual experience. I love that while processed, boxed, frozen I-don’t-have-to-do-anything-but-heat-and-eat-it food pumped with salt, sugar, and fat tricks our brain into thinking it’s good, chefs tease our palates honestly with herbs and

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The Dirt on Healthy Food

He looked a little out of place in a health food store when he came up to me shyly. “The woman up front said you could help me”, he explained, “I’m Jeremy. I want to start eating healthy and I don’t know where to begin…” I thought to myself; it’s such a misunderstood concept, with

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Farmers Markets Hatch Possiblities

Spring is the incubating season. Chicks hatch. Calves, lambs and kids appear on pastures that show a promising hint of green. Planting is just around the corner for gardeners and farmers, and already here for some. Many producers are preparing for farmers markets—that season too will be here shortly. Spring is an interesting time to

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