A Letter from our Chair

We’re built for this. Staying connected and continuing our work.

I want to wish you and yours the very best during these uncertain times.  Please be safe!

Here on Hanging Woman Creek in the Tongue River Valley, my family is doing our best to stay safe and keep our spirits up just like you. We miss seeing our Northern Plains family in person, but were grateful to have telephones, computers, and technology to keep us connected.

It’s clear to me that now, more than ever, it’s important for us to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors. While these are unprecedented times, one thing I trust is that Northern Plains members have found creative ways to solve difficult problems for almost fifty years.

Our staffers are still working away and not letting up! They are just working from home right now. I am so grateful for and proud of our talented staff; they are truly rising to the occasion. We will continue our work with you via phone calls and video conferencing. Were busy preparing webinars for discussions and trainings while seeking other ways to stay connected as social distancing continues.

So, while these times challenge all of usplease remember that we can do thisWe are organizers. Were built for this. We can work together, lifting each other up, while continuing the important work of protecting Montana’s communities.

Many of us are seeking ways to support our neighbors. That can include local businesses and ag producers. We have created a webpage to help you find producers and local food businesses in your community.

If you’re looking for something you can do right now, after reading this email, please visit our Take Action page to lend your voice to important issues like the Montana Climate Solutions Plan, restoring mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling, and supporting Farm to School programs.

Again – I’m wishing you and yours well during these challenging times. Together – neighbor helping neighbor – we’ll get through this. It’s what we do.

Jeanie Alderson
Northern Plains Chair