Posts By: Jackie Heinert

Growing Food (and a Business!) in the Flathead


Last spring, Tawnya Rourke Kelly attended AERO’s Growing Food Businesses workshop that was held in the Flathead. Tawnya, a practicing permaculturist, currently owns and runs, “HeartStead Home & Garden LLC,” a landscape business that helps people in the Flathead design and maintain gardens with an eye towards attracting pollinators and using native and food-bearing plants…. Read more »

Troy Farmers’ Market: Increasing Food Access in the Yaak!

Five years ago, Shawna Kelsey thought she was working to increase access to healthy food in rural Montana by starting a Farmers’ Market in Troy, in the northwest corner of Montana.  Working for the Yaak Valley Forest Council, Shawna collaborated with a core group of vendors and volunteers, and that first season there were 2 vendors, and… Read more »

Abundant Montana Directory is Live! Password protected listings, new categories, and easy to use!


While you are cozy in your pajamas this winter, you can update your farm or business information in the greatest {ALWAYS FREE} marketing tool for local producers in Montana, the ABUNDANT MONTANA directory! Montana producers, businesses and Farmers’ Market managers let AERO know that they wanted their own way to to keep their Abundant listings… Read more »

AERO Winter Sun Times Now Available!

TA DA! The winter issue of the Sun Times is hot off the press, on its way to AERO members’ mailboxes. BUT you can always access it, for free, online. Find the winter issue below, which includes an Abundant feature on The Wicked Good Farm; the 2016 Sustainability Award Winner, Free the Seeds; a piece… Read more »

AERO’s End of Year Campaign is Underway!

As we approach the holiday season, we at AERO want to wish you a happy harvest, and to send warm thanks for all you have made possible at AERO in 2016. During this time of gratitude and remembering what unites us as a Montana community, we want to recognize our members’ tireless support, which allows… Read more »

ATF and ETF Meeting Minutes Available!

      If you couldn’t join us for the in-person meetings of the Energy Task Force and the Food and Ag Task Force, which both convened with record numbers at the 2016 AERO Expo and Annual Meeting in Kalispell last month, you can check out the work being done by our members by checking… Read more »

Beef to School Study Now Available!

The Montana Beef to School Project released its case study report last week in celebration of National Farm to School Month, and you can read it here! This research and outreach project has involved researchers, stakeholders, and community partners across the state of Montana with the goal of understanding what factors make beef to school… Read more »

An Update on the Growing Food Business Workshop

Earlier this summer, AERO was fortunate to interview Lindy Dewey at SpiritWorks Herb Farm and Healing Arts Sanctuary.  Lindy owns a successful commercial dried herb business south of Whitefish, in the midst of a beautiful forest and garden.  You can read the SunTimes article, here. Lindy attended the Growing Food Business Workshop series AERO put on… Read more »