We may be famous for Montana beef and grain…but that isn’t all we grow here.
Montana farmers and ranchers are finding new ways to utilize the land and technology to bring us bumper crops of beans, lentils, and corn, and not to mention potatoes, carrots, salad greens, tomatoes and herbs. And of course, don’t forget Flathead cherries, melons, and other fruits that can be found around the state. Wait, we have milk and honey too, and, well, we haven’t even scratched the surface yet!
Today you can find any number of locally grown products to fill your pantry and prepare your meals. And then again, not everything we grow here is meant to be eaten. You can knit up a sweater with home grown wool, plant some flowers and trees, and then wash up with some goat’s milk soap!
Organic is a labeling term for food or other agricultural products that have been produced according to the USDA organic regulations. These standards require the integration of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices which foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. This means that organic operations must maintain or enhance soil and water quality, while also conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife.
USDA standards recognize four categories of organic production:
Visit the Montana Department of Agriculture web site to learn more about Montana Certified Organic Products.
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