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? What kind of a place is Thirteen Mile Farm and who runs it ?

Thirteen Mile Farm is located in Belgrade, Montana, and is owned and operated by Becky Weed and Dave Tyler. It was the John Reese homestead, one of the oldest in the Gallatin Valley of southwest Montana. It is good spot to grow lamb for the same reasons it was a choice spot for a settler; abundant springs along the base of the Bridger Mountains keep the pastures rich, while the local topography channels the brunt of storms away from our corner of the valley. It is a small place by Montana standards, but with access to our own and neighboring pasture and hay ground, we're able to care for a few hundred sheep.

Neither of us grew up in ranch or farm families, so we have had a lot to learn in managing our place over the last 20 years. We're still learning. But sometimes it seems that our late arrival to agriculture is as much help as hindrance. As a geologist and an engineer, both of us have had professional careers that have given us the chance to see landscape in a context that includes, but is not limited to agriculture. That has made it seem natural to ask hard questions about what the goals of a modern ranch should be.

Here are some examples of tasks on our ranch, en route to a goal of sustainable care of a local landscape, and production of good food and fiber to sell:

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THIRTEEN MILE LAMB & WOOL COMPANY
13000 Springhill Road
Belgrade, Montana 59714
(406) 581-8543
becky@lambandwool.com