We are proud to announce that Cultivating Connections is officially a non-profit project sponsored by the Bitter Root Resource Conservation & Development Area. Bitter Root RC&D was established here in Hamilton in 1965 as an arm of the NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) under the Farm Bill to solicit local ideas and turn them into successful nonprofits. While they still operate under the USDA, they are not funded at all by the government (since 2011) and are a fully standalone tax-exempt public charity. Fiscal sponsorship by RC&D allows people with a good idea to have the benefit of sound management as well as to be able to solicit and accept tax-exempt donations.
In 2011, Bitter Root RC&D was awarded the Outstanding Council in the US out of 375 Councils in existence at that time. They have handled about 2200 projects, large and small since 1965, spinning off such groups as the Bitter Root Land Trust, Bitter Root Water Forum, Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, several local farmers markets, and helped get the Bitterroot College up and running. One of their largest ongoing projects is the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program which cost-shares efforts by private landowners to reduce the wildfire risk on their properties.
Make checks payable and mail to:
Bitter Root RC&D
PO Box 870
Hamilton, MT 59840
Please write 'Cultivating Connections' in the memo portion of your check.
The ultimate goal of our fundraiser efforts is to make all Cultivating Connections programs FREE OF COST to the community by fully funding scholarships for the total number of participants in each of the programs we offer. Visit the Family of Programs page to learn more about individual programs and how Homestead Organics Farm plans to grow change in our community.