Prairie Heritage Farm is a certified organic, diversified farm near Great Falls, Montana, just outside Power, on the short grass prairie where the Rocky Mountains meet the plains.
We grow fresh vegetables, ancient and heritage grains (Prairie Farro being our favorite), vegetable seed, and kiddos. We sell most of what we grow at the Great Falls Farmers Market and to area restaurants and grocery stores. In addition, we have a small, on-farm bakery where we bake sourdough bread from the grain we grow and mill.
We believe in organic farming, family farms and local food. The farm is owned and operated by Jacob and Courtney Cowgill, two central Montanans returning to their roots. Jacob grew up on Red Butte Lane, near Sand Coulee and Courtney spent her childhood on a farm between Dutton and Brady. We both left Central Montana as young adults, for school and careers but came back as soon as we possibly could.
We wanted to find a way to make a life in Central Montana but we also wanted to give back to the communities that raised us — to be part of sustaining and reinvigorating the culture and economy of rural Montana. Prairie Heritage Farm is, in a lot of ways, the kind of farm that existed in this region 50-100 years ago: diversified, small-scale and locally based. Our vision is to be a model for how to revive elements of that old kind of agriculture alongside the kind of agriculture that has sustained our communities in the last several decades. We believe that family farms nourish not only the people who work them, but the people they feed and communities in which they live. We believe organic agriculture, diversification and a robust local food system are good for the health of our farm, our customers, our community, ourselves and our environment. The experience thus far has been full of excitement, experimentation, the occasional bout of “are we really doing this?” but mostly, a deep appreciation for the opportunity to be back home, on the land, feeding our neighbors and friends.
Prairie Heritage Farm focuses on four main enterprises: