“We the People” get to tell the government what to do!

The last week of October, heading into fall and Halloween, more than 200 people spent two days of intensive conversation outlining policy initiatives to be considered by the Montana State Legislature over the next decade to support, improve, and market Montana’s food products within the state and around the globe.
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Good Meat, the Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat by Deborah Krasner

A shuffle through the book shelf looking for inspiration turned up Good Meat, and a review seemed in order until I read the forward written 6 years ago by Bernie Sanders, clearly our “should be President” non-candidate! Bernie says it in his foreword of Good Meat!
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Dryland Farming - How They Do It In Montana

For those who are trying to farm in the Palouse region of eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and northwestern Montana, there is only one name for it – Dryland Farming.
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The Sweetest Grapes Hang the Highest

The majority of Lebanon’s grapes are table grapes, and the sector provides a livelihood for 20,000 households.

The Phoenicians are credited with many things, but delivering the gift of wine to the shores of southern Europe is something for which mankind will always be thankful. Like the modern-day Lebanese, the fearless seafaring Phoenicians had an urge to meet distant horizons with zeal and brought grape growing and wine making in their wake.
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Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm – From Scratch by Lucie B. Amundsen

The story of Locally Laid, told with a lot of humor, a few tears, and much enthusiasm, celebrates the support they received from their community, their customers, and their friends and neighbors.
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When Did Our Daily Bread Take a Wrong Turn?

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Bread went from being a major part of our ancestors’ food intake to being a very small part of the food we eat today. Heavy, rich, and nutritious bread was once a daily staple; today commercial “industrialized” bread is produced in fully automated factories and is full of chemical additives and preservatives, too much salt, and has too little nutritive value. What went wrong?
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Local Grains: Taking Back Our Wheat

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Our “National Hymn,” America the Beautiful, opens with the image of endless skies over fields of ripe golden grain that reach to purple mountains on the horizon. Poet Katharine Lee Bates would probably be appalled to realize that she was eulogizing one of the worst examples of mono-cropping in existence – second only to the carpeting of Iowa with corn.
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The Car: Giving Grocery Shopping Consumers Choice and Convenience… or Not?

PCC Natural Markets has jumped ahead of the competition by offering multiple online ordering and delivery choices: Amazon PrimeNOW and Instacart.
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Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese by Gordon Edgar

Get out some good quality artisan bread, cut two pieces, butter one side of each, slice some farmhouse cheddar cheese – not too thick, and make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich. Take a bite, wipe the grease off your hands, and enjoy this book. Both the book and the sandwich will leave you quite satisfied.
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AERO is sharing a table with MWF and HHAA to bring you one wild dinner....

Using our land wisely should be an inclusive conversation, and we believe the local food movement encompasses not just sustainable agriculture, but hunters, anglers, and other conservationist perspectives.

AERO is partnering with the Montana Wildlife Federation and the Helena Hunters and Anglers Association to promote a discussion on sustainable food, harvesting, and land use.

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