Funded in perpetuity with dividends from our endowment, each year AERO honors the legacy of Jane Kile with a competitive scholarship opportunity for a farmer or producer of any age and a vision for improving the health of the land. This year AERO selected Shauna Eagleton of Martinsdale, Montana.
In addition to running their own business, Eagleton High Voltage, providing high voltage maintenance and construction services across the state, Jeff and Shauna Eagleton started Delpine Farms. Growing their own food was the best way to ensure access to high quality nutrient-dense food for themselves and their community. Dedicated to building soil health, the Eagletons incorporate regenerative organic farming practices in everything they do.
Their response to the coronavirus pandemic was to grow more food and offer CSA’s (community supported agriculture) shares to community members in Martinsdale where they live and in Harlowton, 27 miles away. They also offer a weekly pop-up “solo farmers market” in each location, introducing their community to Montana-made quality foods, like Timeless Seeds’ lentils and The Oil Barn’s safflower oil.
“My husband and I are building a regenerative ecological market garden farm to better meet the need for healthy fresh foods in our remote small communities in Central Montana.”
Now they are on a mission to build a bigger greenhouse.
“The earlier we can get starts growing…the earlier we can bring fresh food to our community of farmers and ranchers.”
Shauna plans to use the $600 Jane Kile award to help purchase materials for the greenhouse project. She also receives a one-year household AERO membership. Stay tuned for pictures of the greenhouse and garden this spring and summer!