MONTANA

VOLUNTEER FARM &

RANCH

In addition to VISIONS international and Native American reservation program locations, we have a Farm & Ranch in Bozeman, Montana, that serves Teen Summer, Gap & Custom programs.
Welcome to the VISIONS volunteer farm & ranch! This historic homestead lies at the base of the Bridger Mountains in southwest Montana. Sacajawea, Lewis and Clark once camped on this land and a rich history abounds.
With Kelly Creek running through the heart of the property, and picturesque vistas of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s rugged landscapes, it’s easy to forget that you’re ten minutes from downtown Bozeman. But it’s here, between the urban and the rural, that participants learn to connect to the land and the folks who sustainably cultivate it.
Students are part of bringing the land back into production, utilizing organic and sustainable practices that regenerate the soil and produce nutritious food for the valley. Historic barns are being repurposed and new infrastructure is in the works.
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Grazing farm animals, vegetables, cover crops, a large greenhouse and “kitchen garden” are already part of the homestead. Plans for permaculture, riparian rehabilitation and rewilding are also being drafted. Ultimately, the farm will be a collective with a few small agricultural enterprises that use the land and interface with participants who want to learn more through hands-on work.
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PROJECTS

Each program and season is unique, but all programs are rooted in sustainability, regenerative agriculture, outdoor adventure and connection to the land. Programs include work & learning at the farm, but many projects also take place throughout the reaches of Gallatin & Paradise Valleys with other farmers, ranchers and conservationists who are close friends and partners. From fencing projects at the nearby North Bridger Bison Range to helping out at a holistically managed Barney Creek cattle ranch, participants will take part in a plethora of impactful and educational hands-on projects covering various intersections of sustainability and regenerative agriculture. Participants may also volunteer with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, a local thrift store that raises funds for the Women’s Shelter, and other nonprofit groups serving the community.

In line with Project Drawdown’s 2020 Climate Solutions, participants learn ways to become part of the climate solution as well, including actions like lowering food waste, regenerating soil, reducing resource use and improving society.

ACTIVITIES

While each program is unique, all programming incorporates a variety of outdoor wilderness excursions in addition to our sustainability projects. Participants will delve into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the sprawling ramparts of the Rockies on backpacking trips, rock climbing courses, ski days, swims in pristine alpine lakes and more (activities dependent on program and season). We’ll also take part in a variety of workshops, including topics like bison tanning, land stewardship, conservation, and wildlife ecology.
Participants will learn sustainable farming practices in greenhouses via planting or harvesting at neighboring Rocky Creek Farm. Through daily chores on the ranch, participants learn skills like basic carpentry, composting, cooking and menu planning. Perhaps most importantly, woven into all our programs are activities to foster community, communication, collaboration and mindfulness with our peers.

FOOD & LODGING

Our aim is to use as many local and sustainable resources as possible, including produce from neighboring farms and organic meat from our partner ranches. We source ingredients from conventional stores when needed, as well. Participants are involved with cooking and meal planning, taking turns with peers and leaders to prepare food throughout the program. Meals are robust and varied, and always include vegan and vegetarian options.

We live with as small an environmental footprint as possible, maintaining a deep and untrammeled connection to the land. Participants sleep on cots with mattresses in glamping-style wall tents that are on wooden platforms. (Our smaller Gap programs move to an indoor bunk house when the weather is chilly.) We’ll be partaking in on-site workshops in a historic old “loafing shed” barn on the ranch, and cooking meals in a large food truck-style commercial kitchen. We have a large campfire pit to gather around during the eves, and picnic tables to eat all our meals outside under the big sky (unless inclement weather arrives, of course). All told, we live simply here at the VISIONS Farm & Ranch, but stay clean & comfortable.
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