I'm Doug Crabtree. My wife Anna and I own and operate a certified organic dryland crop farm just south of the Canadian border in Hill County, Montana. We first worked with the Center back in the 90’s when trying to make a connection to start farming through the Land Link program.
While we were unable to make a connection at that time, we saved and learned for nearly 20 years and purchased our own land and machinery in 2009.
We used a number of beginning farmer financing and conservation programs authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill to make our dream of farming into a reality. The Center, along with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), made those programs happen.
We have also relied on the Center to interpret program rules and help us to “educate” local Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff on programs and provisions for beginning farmers. We really appreciate the Center giving us an opportunity to advocate for programs and policies to support beginning farmers and conservation through “fly-ins” to Washington.
Without the Center and NSAC we would not be farming today.
Watch our story here.
*photos by Anna Jones-Crabtree
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