Each program and season is unique, but all 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. Participants take part in a plethora of impactful and educational hands-on work covering intersections of sustainability and regenerative agriculture. Participants also volunteer with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, a local thrift store that raises funds for the Women’s Shelter, and other inspiring nonprofit groups.
In line with Project Drawdown’s Climate Solutions, participants learn ways to be active with climate solutions such as lowering food waste, regenerating soil, reducing resource use and improving society.
FOOD & LODGING
Our aim is to use as many local 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. Meals are robust and varied, and 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 use a historic “loafing shed” barn for gatherings and cooking is done in a large food truck-style commercial kitchen. Our porta-pots are cleaned daily by chore groups and professionally serviced every week (not to worry, they stay very clean & have great views upon exiting!). Showers are taken off-site and students can shower every other day.
We have a campfire to gather around in the evenings and picnic tables to eat under the big sky (unless inclement weather arrives, of course). All told, we live simply at the VISIONS Farm, but stay clean & comfortable.