Agriculture & Natural Resources I
Agriculture and Natural Resources Agents apply university research and resources to help agricultural producers
and landowners increase profits, reduce loss, protect our food supply and sustain future resources.
Presentation from the Master Gardener Celebration, March 4, 2017
Each winter/spring we order seed potatoes from the Holbrooks, and they are delivered in late March.
To view all available seed potatoes click HERE (Note: the website only allows you to purchase 25 pound increments. To order less you will need to order through the Extension Office. See below.)
To find out more information and place an order, please contact the Extension Office at 406-447-8346.
*Orders made through the Extension Office are due by January 31st.
The Growing Zone Newsletter
(Your gardening resource for Helena, Montana)
A publication of the Lewis & Clark County Extension Office
and the Helena area Master Gardeners
Check out the new educational video series MSU and Montana PBS have developed through a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Montana Department of Agriculture. This video series focuses on how to start and maintain a small fruit or tree fruit orchard, how to best distribute crops or create value-added products, and resources on marketability and business practices for small orchard and vegetable farmers. There are 10 short videos in the series, all of which are posted to the MSU Extension You Tube channel playlist found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAIkOOshMfC7UJOOKdH8aI-6nU9rELLZc. The topics are as follows:
Growing Berries in Montana: Many varieties of berries can be grown in Montana. This video will discuss best practices for starting a berry orchard and planning a successful business from your crop as well as the best ways to manage pests.
Business Planning: Growing specialty crops in Montana can be a fun and profitable venture if you take the time to plan out your business from start to finish.
Food Safety: Food safety is critical when planning your business and must addressed every step of the way.
Grafting Apple Trees: Grafting is a necessary step in order to produce apple trees that bear the type of cultivar you want as well as give you the resilient traits needed to survive Montana’s harsh climate. This video will give you tips on how to graft an apple tree.
Specialty Crops in Montana: Specialty crops can be grown on small acreage and be highly profitable. This series will introduce you to different specialty crops that can be grown in Montana and how to plan a successful business around them.
Orchard Management: Managing an orchard is an ongoing challenge that needs special consideration at different times throughout the season. This video will give you tips on best practices for managing your orchard.
Pest Management in Fruit Trees: People aren’t the only ones to enjoy specialty crops. A variety of pests will also eat or attack your crops if you don’t take steps to manage them. This video will talk about the main pests you will face when growing tree fruit in Montana.
Planting Fruit Trees: This video will cover the best practices for planting fruit trees from making sure your trees are delivered in proper condition to ensuring they are planted at the right depth.
Pruning Fruit Trees: Fruit trees need to be pruned in order to produce a high-quality yield. This video will show you how to properly prune a fruit tree.
Growing Vegetables in Montana: Many varieties of vegetables can be grown in Montana. This video will discuss best practices for starting a vegetable farm and planning a successful business from your crop.