The Montana Alternative Energy Resources Organization’s (AERO) 2009 Farm Tours schedule features grass-fed beef and dairy cattle, orchard fruits, and dryland grains and oilseeds. Tours planned include:

  • June 20 – Sabo Ranch, Harrison, MT. Owned by Mark and Jenny Sabo, the ranch raises grass-fed, natural beef, dairy cattle, pastured poultry, and spring pigs. The Sabos family's straw-bale home is completely off the electrical grid and the family eats vegetables year-round, grown in their straw-bale insulated, chicken-heated greenhouse. Tour begins at 11 a.m. and is free to the public.

  • July 7 – Home Acres Orchard, Stevensville, MT. Owned by Kurt Wellborne and Pam Clevenger, Home Acres has over 2,500 fruit trees.

  • July 22 – Bob Quinn's dryland farm Big Sandy, MT. Tour includes six expert speakers, including Quinn, four researchers, and Dave Christensen, whose specialty corn is grown on the farm. Tour highlights will include production and crushing of oilseeds, diversified dryland cropping, including wheat, camelina, and dryland vegetables.
Registration is required for all three tours. For directions and info, or to register, call 406-443-7272 or email AERO@aeromt.org.