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|Vanek Ranch |
At the turn of the century, Joe Vanek purchased a few hundred acres of land on Warm Spring Creek near Brooks, Montana. After years of hard work his son Wincil, was able to purchase some adjoining land to expand the ranch. This purchase included a spring that maintains a constant temperature of 68°F year-round, best known today as Gigantic Warm Spring. Since the beginning Vanek Ranch has been family affair, with the 3rd, 4thand 5thgenerations currently working together to get the day-to-day work done. David Vanek Sr. took over operations in the 1960’s and has recently handed the reigns over to his son Alan Vanek. Working along with Alan are his wife Leah and their son Cody as well as his brother Bill and his son Hugh.
The Vanek’s take pride in the quality Black Angus beef cattle and alfalfa they raise but also work in the custom cutting and contract trucking sector. In the summer season, they also operate the Gigantic Warm Spring as a recreational spot. Opening this weekend, May 25th, the world’s largest warm spring is a great spot to cool off on a hot summer day. Check out the Facebook page for more information. …
New technology in agriculture offers the biggest potential for expansion and improvement on the Vanek Ranch. Looking forward they hope to incorporate cameras in the calving shed for remote monitoring of mothers and babies, drones to locate cattle in vast, mountain pastures and improved genetics in the cattle herd to produce a more consistent product. …
Being willing to listen with no bias is a good way to bridge the gap between rural and urban populations, Bill Vanek feels. Most often the questions have answers that are just not communicated in an effective manner. Agricultural education opportunities for youth such as ag days, FFA and 4-H are all programs that the Vanek’s support. Looking forward the family sees land and water being limiting factors for family farms and ranches. Keeping land in production is important and vital for communities like ours.
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We live in Central Montana. Bill is, was, and always will be a cowboy through and through. He lives and breaths horses and cows. And currently, he is working and living on a ranch about two hours away at the literal end of the world. A small 48,000 acres of wild...and he is in heaven. I’m at home with the kids and animals trying to make a go of “modern homesteading”. I want my kids to grow up outside and I want to feed them food that I know the origins of. I want them to know where food comes from and how to grow it. And I want them to play in the dirt with no shoes and dirty hands. And I’d say that’s quite common in our area. A lot of people grow their own food in many various ways here in the heart of Montana. But I gotta tell you, I admire any single mom out there. Phew! On a day to day basis I’m doing the single mom thing, but I have the hope that Saturday night is coming and Sunday we are a family together for a day. In the cracks of life, I write on my website linked in bio. It’s my other “job” paying part-time wages (and growing 😉) But for now, I’m going to go plant some beans and corn. We’ll see how far I get before two dirty handed kids need something. Like food. Because that’s what moms do: feed their kids, all day long.
We’re making history - and we want you to take part!
Join us next Thursday, May 31st, for our Women’s Foundation of Montana Trailblazer Celebration fundraiser, to honor the women of our past!
Hear stories, and be inspired by the women who started it all, including Letty Bass of the Merle Chambers Fund, Sheila Rice, and more - we’ll also be honoring the legacy of the indomitable Dorothy Eck and Joan Bennett during the evening.
Great food, the best of company, and the opportunity to help us create a brighter future for women and girls! What could be better?
Register via EventBrite (link below), through our Facebook event page, or by emailing email@example.com - no later than Tuesday May 29th, to reserve your spot at this historic gathering!
Thursday, May 31st
Exploration Works, 995 Carousel Way, Helena. Doors Open at 6pm. Program will begin at 6:30 pm. Suggested donation is $50, which can be paid in person at the event.
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Today’s #featuredfarmfriday ...
|Mountain View Ranch|
Nestled at the base of the Snowy Mountains near Buffalo, Montana, it is easy to see how the Mountain View Ranch acquired its name. This third-generation family ranch is currently owned and operated by Cory and Clarajean Merrill along with their oldest son Weston and his wife Shannon. Their acreage is home to a commercial cow-calf beef herd and hay fields of alfalfa and grass, which is used as feed. …
The obvious focal point of the ranch is the gorgeous red barn. Recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Big Barn has hosted concerts, dances and weddings, as well as the much-anticipated Annual Harvest Ball held every Labor Day weekend. The Big Barn will also be featured in an upcoming Montana PBS production of Barns of Montana and is prominent on the Mountain View Ranch Facebook page.
Offering a first-hand look at the agricultural lifestyle is one way the Merrill’s feel the gap between urban and ag populations can be narrowed. Whether that is an onsite visit or a story shared on social media, giving an insider’s view of the day-to-day functions of a ranch is crucial. Shannon and Weston work hard to effectively tell their family’s agricultural story and recognizing the change in consumer requests, they work to keep agriculture innovation part of their business. …
Generally speaking, people fear what they do not know, so seeing and experiencing agriculture first-hand, people can gain a better understanding and therefor do not have to be afraid or skeptical of it. If you want to hear more of Mountain View’s story, follow the ranch on Facebook or check out their producer reports in this winter’s Prairie Star or check out their interview on the Yellowstone Public Radio’s feature of Field Days.
Years of sand, wind and rain carved out a circular hole in the formation below the Big Snowy Range in the ever windy Judith Gap area near Lewistown.
An excerpt from this weeks blog. To find out what else happened in 1983 follow the link in my profile. The year was 1983. We cruised the highways of California with Ponch and John, laughed along with Taxi and SCTV, waited to see what would happen with Joanie and Chachi and cried a little as we said goodbye to MASH.
MRF just held our last board meeting until we meet again in September and are excited to join the fight to protect the Falls with a $1000 donation to MEIC. Let’s keep our community and our water clean! #notinmontana#nocafo#centralmontana#craiglandia#montana @montanatroutunlimited @publiclandownersunited