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MOA 2016 Farm Tour
Quinn Farm & Ranch with The Oil Barn
July 9, 2016, 9:30 am

Big Sandy, Montana

The second MOA Farm Tour of the season will be at the Quinn Farm & Ranch and The Oil Barn on July 9, 2016, at 9:30 am. Quinn Farm & Ranch is 100% Certified Organic and grows Kamut® khorasan wheat, winter wheat, peas, barley, safflower, clover, alfalfa, and experimental plots of dry land produce, including squash, potatoes, sweet corn, and mountain painted corn. There is also an experimental orchard with many varieties of apples, plums and berry bushes.  

The Oil Barn is an on-farm oilseed processing facility that specializes in organic high-oleic safflower oil for culinary and cosmetic purposes. The Oil Barn recovers used cooking oil from its customers, processes it, and uses it to fuel farm equipment.

Tours during the event will include: the organic orchard, dry land vegetable plots, rotation and experimental plots, ancient and modern wheat plots, and The Oil Barn’s production facility and waste oil processing equipment. We’ll also facilitate discussions of marketing organic grain, principles of organic agriculture, and transitioning to organic production. There will also be bread and pizza making demonstrations.

Lunch and supper will be provided, as well as free Kracklin’ Kamut snacks. The tour will last until about 5:00 pm, but be sure to stick around because a talent show and barn dance follows. There is no charge for participating in the Quinn Farm Tour but an RSVP is requested. Contact Bob Quinn 406-378-3105 or Andrew Long 406-378-2106.

The tour will be at the Quinn Farm & Ranch at 333 Kamut Lane, Big Sandy, MT  59520.

Directions from Big Sandy: Turn southeast on Hwy 236 (also called Judith Landing Rd.). Head 12 miles down Hwy 236. At 12 miles make a hard right onto Kamut Ln. Take Kamut Ln about 1/3 mile and turn left up the paved driveway.

Directions from Winifred: Take Hwy 236 from Winifred 53 miles (about 50 miles is gravel and you will cross the PN Bridge). About 3 miles after the paved road begins you’ll see a group of mailboxes and you’ll take a gradual left onto Kamut Ln. Take Kamut Ln about 1/3 mile and turn left up the paved drive.

SARE Western LogoFunding to support the 2016 MOA Farm Tours is provided by a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grant through Montana State University, Organic Advisory & Education Council, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Milling Inc., Organic Valley, and Montana Flour and Grain.

Read the MOA farm tours article, featuring Andrew Long of the Quinn Farm and The Oil Barn, in the Prairie Star here.

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Montana Practical Permaculture Design Course
July 15-27, 2016 at Rathvinden Farm, Bozeman

Students will receive the 72-hour core permaculture curriculum, and will come away with skills to be practitioners in the areas of Edible Forest Gardening, Regenerative Agriculture, Community Development, Rural or Urban Homestead/Farm-scale Enterprise Planning, and Digital Mapping and Design Methods. For more info or to register: 
brokengroundpermaculture.com
info@brokengroundpermaculture.com

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Mushroom Cultivation and Application Course by Radical Mycology
August 5-7, 2016
Jeanette Rankin Peace Center, Missoula, MT
Learn lab skills, garden fungi, mycoremediation, medicinal mushrooms, mycorrhizal Cultivation and more.
For more info, visit https://radicalmycology.com/events-2/cultivation-courses/missoula-2016/

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Learn How to Breed Crops in Montana
September 13 – 14, 2016

Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, and on five participating farms in Western Montana’s Mission Valley
Join the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) for a two-day classroom and field-based course on plant breeding. Nationally renowned organic plant breeders from the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, and on five participating farms in Western Montana’s Mission Valley: Fresh Roots Farm, Polson; Good Egg Farm, Moiese; Foothill Farm, St. Ignatius; Wild Plum Farm, Dixon; and Deluge Farm, Camas Prairie. Registration is required and will open in July. Contact OSA’s Kiki Hubbard with questions. Get more info here.

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2016 Montana Farm to School Summit: Sprouting Success
September 22-23, 2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman

Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration and skill building. The two-day conference features Chef Ann Cooper, a nationally renowned advocate for improving school meals, as well as Montana farm to school champions who will share their stories and experiences. Scholarships and continuing education units are available.
 
Register online at: https://tofu.msu.montana.edu/cs/f2s_2016

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Governor's Food and Agriculture Summit
October 28-29, 2016
Bozeman, MT

More details coming at https://foodsummit.ncat.org

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Save the Date for MOA's 14th Annual Conference
MOA's 2016 Conference will be held December 1-3, 2016, at Flathead Valley Community College.
Featuring keynote speaker John P. Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science & Agroecology at Washington State University.
Mark your calendars today and check back soon for details.

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