Category: Food

Take Action: Don’t let Congress bite the hands that feed us!

Do you like knowing where your food comes from? Do you feel a sense of pride and fulfillment when you see “Grown in Montana” and “Made in Montana” labels? Well, you can kiss them goodbye with HR 4879. Local food programs have brought millions of dollars back to local economies nationwide and Montana food entrepreneurship continues to […]



Why does local matter, you ask?

Good Earth Market co-op is one of the sponsors of the Montana Local Food Challenge organized by Northern Plains. The Local Food Challenge ends Aug. 31 so you can still participate! Local matters because it supports our local agricultural economy and it supports families in our own communities. Since its origin, the Good Earth Market, 3024 […]

More delicious ways to complete the Montana Local Food Challenge – Lee Montana Newspapers, Aug. 16, 2017

By Bernie Mason This is the third week of the Montana Local Food Challenge, sponsored by the Northern Plains Resource Council, and you are encouraged to find new ways to support our Montana producers and the businesses that feature local foods. A “local food” is defined as any Montana product, if the majority of the […]

Take advice this weekend from the best stewards of the land

Ranchers are traditionally some of the best stewards of the land. On average, they do more for water, grasslands, and wildlife conservation than any other property owners in the West. A professor of mine recently reiterated this fact during a lecture, and some of my classmates were vocally skeptical of such a claim. It’s understandable, […]

Don’t cede control over Montana seed, oppose SB 155

In direct contradiction to Montana values, the state Senate passed a bill last week that will completely eliminate local control over one of our most valuable natural resources: seed. Senate Bill 155, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, takes away the rights of farming communities with sweeping language that preempts local decision-making power. It’s an […]


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Want a tasty steak? Demand well-raised cattle, speaker urges – Billings Gazette, Nov. 20, 2016

By Mike Ferguson Nicolette Hahn Niman, a lawyer, author and rancher from Bolinas, Calif., jokes that she passionately argues for good grazing and animal husbandry practices because her cattle “needed a good lawyer.” Hahn Niman, who operates BN Ranch with her husband Bill, was keynote speaker Saturday for the 45th annual conference of the Northern […]

Public News Service: Can cattle grazing be good for the environment? – Nov. 16, 2016

WITH AUDIO Eric Tegethoff Public News Service November 16, 2016 BILLINGS, Mont. – The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it […]