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Two weeks ago at the Kalispell Farmer’s Market I met Mandy from the Lower Valley Farm when I bought the most delicious cauliflower! When I asked her if they would do an interview on the show she agreed and we connected on Facebook. I saw that they were having a garden tour and asked her husband Jay if he would share the info about the tour with my listeners. I hope to see you there tomorrow night!
Lower Valley Farm Tour | Thursday August 13, 2015 • 6:30pm | Kalispell, MT
1375 North Sommers Road • Kalispell, MT 59901
People can call: 406 471-9538 for directions
Free and Open to Public!
My wife and I run a small family diversified farm here between Somers and Kalispell, just south of Kalispell. We do market vegetables and intensively managed livestock. So our farm tour is 2 parts, Mandy will give a tour of our market gardens and talk about all the different ways we manage our gardens and our soil and our commitment to the soil health and all the wonderful things that are happening in the garden. And then I will give a tour of our unique livestock program which is very exciting!
We really excited to share our vision for what we’re want with our farm and the way that we’re growing food. What Mandy’s doing with the market farm and what we’re doing with the livestock is really exciting! It’s unique and its healing the land and producing incredibly nourishing food and we’re really thankful to have this opportunity to share that vision!
And educate others about how they can do it too right?
Oh yeah! We want everybody to be growing food, that’s so interesting that you mention that. Most small farmers especially Mandy and I want more more people growing their own food, we want more people excited about food that’s local, that’s nourishing, that restores the land, that brings health to a community!
There’s that passion I was looking for I heard earlier. Tell us a little more. What time does it start?
Farm tour is gonna start at 6:30. It’s free open to the public!
The market garden portion of the tour will be first and expect that to take about 45 minutes and then about 45 min with the livestock. About 1 1/2 – 2hours.
What kind of livestock?
We have 60 acres in perennial pastures. I run a “flerd” which is a flock herd. I have Katadin sheep and steers. We also have some other livestock around we keep for our family. We have a dairy cow and chickens and a couple of pigs for our family. The part of our operation that is sort of on the business end is the sheep and the steers.
How do we get there?
I would recommend googling us. Our address is: 1375 north sommers road in Kalispell, MT 59901. People could call us 406 471-9538 for directions.
How to get here:
Headed south from Kalispell. Take Lower Valley Road, and that’s at a strange intersection, just south of Toyota dealership, take a strange right onto lower valley road. Follow to place in the road when you go straight your on n summers road if you turn left you’re on lower valley road. If you go past pig you’ve gone too far. You want to go straight, there’s an old soil back potato farm that’s beautiful building. We’re the next thing on your left. You’ll see it! There will be cars and signs. We live in a yurt! You can’t miss it!
So everyone come out and support the farm and learn about growing food and caring for a “flerd!” Like their Facebook page and let us know if you’re going to join us tomorrow night!