If you're interested in our work with heritage and ancient grain seed, contact Jacob at 406-396-1261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Grains and Beans?
Go local with the biggest level of your food pyramid: bread, cereal, and pasta! These are amazing grains you can use in almost every meal, every day.
Grains and legumes are often overlooked in our local foodsheds. As staples, we take them for granted, and with an abundance of certain grains in Montana, like wheat, we don’t often give them much consideration. But do you know where your wheat comes from? Do you know who grew your lentils?
The Varieties We Grow
What makes our grains and legumes unique are the varieties we’ve chosen to grow. We grow older varieties, commonly referred to as ancient and heritage varieties, because of their valuable genetics and to preserve those endangered seedstocks. Additionally, older varieties are able to adapt quickly to changing environments and our goal at Prairie Heritage Farm is to establish many different seedstocks uniquely adapted to both our particular climate in North Central Montana as well as the changing climate we are sure to face in the coming decades.
We aim to grow unique varieties with different rich flavors and cooking characteristics. What those are, we don’t know yet, but that is where our CSA members can help, as we rediscover these lost crops together.
All of the crops are certified organic (no chemicals are used in the production) and are not genetically-modified.
On the sidelines, we are trialing amaranth, quinoa, teff, and fonio; legumes such as dry beans and fenugreek; and a variety of other heritage and ancient wheats and barleys. Over the next few years, we hope to observe our trials, discover which do well in our environment, select the best plants, and expand our seed supply to be able to grow them on a larger scale to offer them to our CSA members.
About Prairie Heritage Farm
Prairie Heritage Farm is owned and managed by Jacob and Courtney Cowgill, who both have returned to their roots in Central Montana. We believe that family farms nourish not only the people who work them, but the people they feed and communities in which they live. We believe organic agriculture, diversification, and a robust local food system are good for the health of our farm, our customers, ourselves, and our planet.
We know that you work as hard for your dollar as we do for ours. So, to that end, we want to make sure you are getting what you pay for by guaranteeing our product. If you are at all unsatisfied with something you receive, we will gladly exchange it for something else or give you a refund.
We are so thankful for your support. You are instrumental in sending Prairie Heritage Farm into its third year. We look forward to serving you healthy, organic food.
Jacob, Courtney, and Willa Cowgill