We deliver to Missoula, Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman and Whitefish.
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.
As a "shareholder" in our Grain and Bean Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) program, you pay upfront and share in the bounty of the crops -- getting a one-time delivery (in the fall or winter, once the crop is in and cleaned) of 60 pounds for a full share, or 30 pounds for a half share. We offer deliveries in Great Falls, Missoula, Helena, Bozeman, and Whitefish. (But, we can also arrange to get your share to you if you don't live one of those pick-up points.)
New this year! We're giving our shareholders more control over the grains they get and the amounts of each. While we haven't determined which varieties and types we'll plant, you will get to choose the amounts you want from the following: a heritage bread wheat (likely our wonderful Sonora Heritage Wheat), an ancient wheat (like our Prairie Farro), barley (such as our Bronze Barley and Black Barley), a legume of some sort (possibly lentils, chickpeas, and dry beans), and other grains and seeds (maybe flax or amaranth).
So, the way it will work is, if you purchase a full share (60 pounds), you can distribute those 60 pounds however you'd like. For example, you might choose 20 pounds of Prairie Farro, 15 pounds of lentils, 10 pounds of Sonora Heritage Wheat, 10 pounds of Bronze Barley, and 5 pounds of flax. Or, you might be a baker with a home flour mill and you want 30 pounds of Sonora Heritage Wheat, 20 pounds of Bronze Barley, and 10 pounds of Prairie Farro.
Also this year, we will be collaborating with our friends from Vilicus Farms, north of Havre, to provide you with fresh, wholesome Montana organic grains and seeds.
If you sign up, please include a valid email address, so we can email you out a form with grain and seed varieties that you will fill out and email back.
If you're interested in being a host site, you can get $50 off your share. Being a host site means you coordinate with us to get the grain for all the shareholders in your community and you host the pick-up point. You set the time and the day, and contact and arrange the pick-up with fellow members.
Read on for more information or for our sign-up form. Or, you can sign up online as well:
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.
We will also be working with our friends from Vilicus Farms, north of Havre, to provide you with fresh, wholesome Montana organic grains and seeds.
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.
What to Expect in 2013
Our goal each year is to grow a diverse offering of grains and legumes, so you can expect 60 pounds for a full share at a cost of $200, or 30 pounds for a half share at a cost of $125, delivered in the winter of 2013/2014.
To sign up, send your check to:
Prairie Heritage Farm
420 10th Lane NE
Power, MT 59468
(Please include your address, phone number and email address with your check so we can keep in touch with you.)
Or, if you prefer to pay online, fill out the form below:
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