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Building on soil in Big Sandy

Common Ground, Part II: How organic and regenerative agriculture are revitalizing rural Montana economies.


Last updated 10/15/2021 at 10:35am

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Austrian author and social activist Christian Felber, left, and Big Sandy organic farmer and researcher Bob Quinn talk Sunday in September 2016 while touring Quinn's farm. Quinn is part of a drive to create a local source of food, at least a year's supply, for the local community.

by Emily Stifler Wolfe

Montana Free Press


Wind and water have eroded Montana soils since the first plow turned earth on the Northern Plains more than 150 years ago, taking with them one of the state's most important resources. Since then, tillage, plus the fertilizer and pesticides common in industrial agriculture, have continued to degrade the soil that agriculture depends on. With climate change threatening almost 25,000 Montana agricultural jobs in the next 50 years, many farmers, ranchers and researchers believe the status quo is no longer adequate. And though conventional farm...

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