Montana Farm & Ranch

15, 21 & 25 Days

High School Farm Service Programs
Western Life Under the Big Sky

MONTANA FARM & RANCH 1 
JUNE 10 to JUNE 30 |  21 DAYS
75 HRS SERVICE  |  TUITION $5250

MONTANA FARM & RANCH 2 
JULY 6 to JULY 30 |  25 DAYS
90 HRS SERVICE  |  TUITION $5950

MONTANA FARM & RANCH 3
AUGUST 5 to AUGUST 19 |  15 DAYS
45 HRS SERVICE  |  TUITION $3950

MONTANA FARM & RANCH 1
JUNE 10 to JUNE 30
21 DAYS
75 HRS SERVICE
TUITION $5250

MONTANA FARM & RANCH 2 
JULY 6 to JULY 30
25 DAYS
90 HRS SERVICE
TUITION
$5950

MONTANA FARM & RANCH 3
AUGUST 5 to AUGUST 19
15 DAYS
45 HRS SERVICE
TUITION
$3950

Program Overview

Roll up your sleeves for a summer of service projects and untrammeled adventure under the Big Sky at our Montana volunteer farm & ranch. See more stars arcing across the night sky than you could have imagined and dig your hands into the dirt to help farmers and ranchers provide food and sustenance to their communities. For the second straight season, VISIONS teens and leaders come together for an incredible summer to delve into matters of sustainability and conservation. Experience the grandeur and culture of the West, adventure in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, lend a hand to local folks, and reflect on all that is important in our lives.

“A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital—and generates greenhouse gases at every stage—including methane when organic matter lands in the global rubbish bin.”

 

Project Drawdown

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Embracing Projects That Matter

How can we reduce the pressures on ecosystems and land, while meeting the growing demands for food and fiber worldwide? How can we do what we do on land better, tending it in ways that decrease emissions from agriculture and forestry? The answers to these questions are critical for stemming greenhouse gases, sustaining the planet’s living systems, addressing food security, and protecting human health, all inextricably linked.” —Project Drawdown

Welcome to VISIONS of the 2020s. We look forward to boldly stepping into this new decade and future ever-mindful of our youth inheriting a planet that desperately needs our attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought grief but has also cast a light on our need for connection as we get through these challenging times with communitarian resilience. Now, we also prepare to fully embrace sustainability efforts and living in harmony with the natural world—and with each other. 

Participants and leaders will collaborate with Montana’s farmers and ranchers who work tirelessly to provide food and sustenance to their communities. While keeping a social distance, we will work with these tenacious folks to grow and harvest food, care for livestock, turn compost piles, perhaps build sheds or barns, and also gain an understanding of what it takes to be a tenant of the land in a sustainable way. We will also have time for trail maintenance and forest service projects.

“There were no ‘friend groups’ and nobody ever felt left out. We were like one big family. I felt comfortable with everyone there. I tried new things, met new people, and learned about myself. I feel like I have grown a lot and I hope I have brought that home with me.”

 

Paden Dvoor

New York

“The backpacking pushed me outside of my comfort zone into an uncomfortable situation at first. The leaders helped me conquer my fears of the wilderness. I loved getting out of my city lifestyle and living a simpler life that was more carefree.”

 

Julianna Ross

New York

Under a famously big sky, Montana’s prairies and rangelands, craggy mountains, fast-running streams, glacial lakes and wildlife-filled forests provide an awesome launching point for big fun in the Rocky Mountains.

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