For Farmers * By Farmers

Montana farmers frequently report that they learn best when knowledge is shared peer-to-peer. That poses a challenge in a state as large as ours, where we don’t often get the chance to meet and share ideas with growers located far from home. Our Field Tested Reports aim to fill this gap by increasing information-sharing among specialty crop growers throughout Montana. Each report shares one farmer’s experience working with new tools to enhance their operation.

This project is funded by the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


The Field Tested Process

Farmers applied for grant funding up to $5000 through CFAC & the Montana Department of Agriculture during the 2017 growing season to purchase equipment to enhance their operation. Grant recipients then reported the impact of their new tools & equipment during the 2017 and 2018 growing seasons.

Interested in a Field Tested Mini-Grant for your farm? See application details and deadlines and submit an application on the CFAC Field Tested Mini Grant Program Page.


See the Results

We’ll be posting reports as they’re ready, with all 18 available by early 2019. Click on our farmer gallery below to view and download reports covering a wide range of innovations that Montana farmers are exploring.




Field-Tested Report Index

Urban Farm Fence Design – Wicked Good Farm, Whitefish
Paper Pot Transplant System – Prairie Heritage Farm, Power
Mechanical Seeding & Cultivation – Fourth Wave Farm, Stevensville
Overhead Vineyard Netting – Arrogant Bastard Winery, Polson
Salad Green Harvester & Electric Dryer – Cloud Nine Farm, Wilsall
Seed Propagation in a High Tunnel – County Rail Farm, Huson
Seed Cleaning Equipment – Greenblade Farm / Triple Divide Organic Seeds Cooperative
Building Efficiency on a Micro-Farm – Black Bear Soups and Produce, Missoula
Value-Added: Popsicles – Fresh Roots Farm, Polson
Growing Lavender in Montana – Jasper’s Garden, Missoula

Download all Field-Tested reports (.zip file)