PEOPLE CULTIVATING GOOD FOOD, HEALTHY LAND AND HOMEGROWN PROSPERITY
The Role of a Rancher: Kathryn Bedell
Kathryn Bedell runs Roan Creek Ranch in Fruita, Colorado. In addition to rancher, Kathryn is a businesswoman, advocate, and steward, in the hopes that she can make ranching in Colorado more lucrative, sustainable, and accessible to all.
Frank Wallis: Food Freedom
Frank Wallis is involved in all things local foods in Gillette, Wyoming. Thanks to the Wyoming Food Freedom Act, Frank was able to help start the Downtown Gillette Farmers' Market, a cooperatively owned indoor farmers’ market in Gillette. With the help of other local producers and friends, Frank and his team are able to provide a host of local foods to the community year-round.
The Handshake Diet: Green Junction Farmstead
On just one acre of land, Dawn Trujillo and Brian Adams can feed 500 to 700 people per week. Dawn and Brian’s farmstead, Green Junction Farmstead in Clifton, Colorado, is a beacon for all things fresh, local, and delicious. Brian and Dawn grow 50 varieties of vegetables and produce for their 73 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, two farmers’ markets, a handful of local restaurants, the homeless shelter, and a community food bank. All of the food grown at Green Junction Farmstead stays in Mesa County.
Swift: Microgreen Farming to Recycling Food Waste
Reed Youngbar and his wife Jessica Hart started Swift Microgreens, a local, year-round microgreen farm, in 2018 in Billings, Montana. In June, Reed and Jessica were unable to continue growing microgreens. Like thousands of other U.S. farmers, their financial return did not cover the time and money spent producing. They’ve decided to shut down their farming operation and focus on their food waste recycling company Swift Buckets.
Young Roots Farm: Mindful Food for Mindful People
Farmer Amy Young runs Young Roots Farm in Baker City, Oregon. Young Roots Farm is a small, ever-diversifying, woman-owned and operated farm raising food mindfully for family and community. Amy has committed her farm to improving the land through regenerative agriculture. “People have to have food if they want to survive and how that food is grown determines whether or not the planet is going to survive,” Amy says.
John Brown: A Passion for Soil Health
John Brown is committed to building healthy soil. He says healthy soil creates opportunity through higher yields, better water storage, drought resistance, less erosion, healthier food, and carbon storage. “When you get enough diversity, and when you get enough concentration of that diversity and the right biological stimulant, things happen that are outside of what is supposed to be possible,” John says.
Log Hollow Farms: Permaculture and the Connectivity of Everything
Log Hollow Farms is a permaculture farm in Chehalis, Washington. Farmer Rohn and his wife Amy grow food sustainably, provide retreat space for visitors, and host a plethora of workshops and activities on sustainability and off-grid living. “I want this place to bring people together,” Rohn says, “where urban and rural people, people from all backgrounds and all pasts can come together in a beautiful place and learn from one another and enjoy good food.”
Christine Hampshire: The Wyoming Food Freedom Act and Raw Milk
An amendment of the Wyoming Food Freedom Act in 2017 allows local producers to sell raw milk. Christine Hampshire went from selling raw milk to friends and family to selling raw milk around the entire county. Christine runs Cross E Dairy in Leiter, Wyoming. Her approach to raw milk relies on sanitation, freshness and health.
Landless Farmer: Patrick Certain
The National Young Farmers Coalition found that access to land is the number one challenge new farmers and ranchers face. Patrick is one of the thousands of new farmers looking for farmland.
Wyoming Food Freedom Act Provides Opportunity for Producers
Thanks to legislation passed in 2015 and updated in 2017, the local food movement is blossoming in Wyoming. The Wyoming Food Freedom Act enables producers, like Joe Wesnitzer, to sell directly to consumers. This Act encourages the expansion of agricultural sales by farmers’ markets, ranches, farms and home-based producers.
Local Producers Connect Community to Food
New farmers Matt and Lindy Geraets started the Capital City Farmers’ Market in Pierre, South Dakota with their friend Julie Bolding. Together, they are connecting Pierre to locally grown food.
The Story of One Oregon Mega-dairy is the Story of America's Ag Epidemic
Proponents pitched Lost Valley Farm as a rural economy booster. The reality of the operation, and operations like it, could have permanently devastated the area.
Rosebud Reservation Creates Economic Opportunity Through Food Sovereignty
Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) builds Homegrown Prosperity by connecting Sicangu Lakota Oyate communities to local, traditional food.
Booms and Busts: A century of trying to protect a family ranch
In the 100 years since starting Turnercrest ranch, the Turner family has had to adapt to life with the energy industry as their neighbor.
Sky Island Farm
Kate and Bill Harwell own and operate Sky Island Farm in Hoquiam, Washington. They’re sharing their experience on what it’s like to start a farm as a first generation farmer.
Annika Charter Williams
Annika and her family have ranched 19 miles north of Billings, Montana, for three generations. Annika is working hard to connect consumers to local producers through the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub.
Steve owns and operates Hillside Prairie Garden, a mixed vegetable garden in Brookings, South Dakota.
Eastern Oregon farmer Doug Lewis explains how transitioning to organic and diversifying his operation saved the farm.