Exclusive Evening Retreat
April 28, 2018
Join us for an intimate evening of casual elegance
& discover a long hidden gem of the Bitterroot
Organic hors d’oeuvres and dinner catered by Homestead Organics Farm
Music & Dancing
Explore the grounds
Soak in the historic healing waters of
Sleeping Child Hot Springs
Limited shuttle service provided from
5:30pm – 10:00pm $130 Ticket Donation
(max 40 guests)
All proceeds directly fund Youth Farm Internship wages
For more details about the event, location and what to bring CLICK HERE to view the Events page.
Learn ~ Work
Grow ~ Connect
For years Homestead Organics Farm has been actively engaged in developing our farm as an experiential center for learning and connecting through food. In early 2017, we formalized our efforts and educational programs into a non-profit project, Cultivating Connections. Cultivating Connections is a family of programs in the Agricultural and Home Arts aimed to inspired gratitude, generosity, fraternity, participation, the creative spirit, and a love of Mother Nature. Offering job opportunities, camps, tours, and programs for school groups, kids, families, and at-risk youth, Cultivating Connections has excelled in its mission of bringing our community together to learn and connect through food. We are unbelievably grateful for the support that we have received and wish to say ‘Thank you’!
Our experiential education programs have tangible outcomes of teaching transferable job skills and creating meaningful paid work opportunities for youth, adults, and people with disabilities in our local community. The real impacts include feeding vulnerable populations high quality organic food, small business development in agriculture and value added food production, and increased secondary education in fields related to agriculture and environmental education.
2017 Program Highlights
The ‘Youth Farm Internship Program’ employed 7 high school girls in 2017 in REAL PAYING JOBS, growing food for homebound seniors in cooperation with the Meals On Wheels program of the Ravalli County Council on Aging. In addition to growing food for seniors, Youth Farm Interns learn transferrable job skills and develop their spirit of engagement in community. Interns work at the Hamilton Community Garden planting crops for Haven House Food Bank. They learn about sustainable agriculture and small business by participating in farm projects with local food producers. They connect with adults with disabilities by working side by side in the field, demonstrating work skills and creating a sense of camaraderie with this unique population. ‘Special Abilities Camp,’ a six week summer day camp and the only recreational camp for kids with autism in Ravalli County, is held in cooperation with Bitterroot Arts for Autism. Youth Farm Interns plan the daily activities and snacks, and act as camp counselor/buddies. In 2018, Interns will also learn community event design and management by hosting two Bitterroot Community Round Table conferences. Our program partners include Western Ag Research Station, House of Ferments, Mill Crick Farm, Tucker Family Farm, Lifeline Farm and Creamery, and Loyal To Local Cooperative.
The ‘Kinder-Gardeners Project’ of Cultivating Connections also continues to grow strong into its seventh year. As a three visit series, this is a playful and engaging way to introduce the seasonality of our region to young children while inspiring them to develop a lifelong interest in their food system. Building on this success, Cultivating Connections will engage all the kindergarten students in the Hamilton Public Schools in 2018 – that’s over 120 kids!
There are many other highlights for the coming 2018 Cultivating Connections season, as well! At-risk youth living at the Linda Massa Youth Home will return for weekly farm activities through ‘The Homies’ Program. The second annual ‘SUSTAIN! The Bitterroot Fest’ will bring the community together to celebrate local food, learning, and the arts. Also, adults with disabilities will again be employed to learn and practice meaningful work skills while helping to grow food for Meals On Wheels.
Click on any of the photos below to learn more about the experiential learning programs being offered through Cultivating Connections at Homestead Organics Farm.