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PEAS Farm

Photo by Erika Peterman

About PEAS farm

Location & Size

3010 Duncan Drive, Missoula | 10 acres | View Map 

Highlights

Description: Since its inception in 1997, the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society has combined traditional academics with hands-on work at an urban, sustainable farm. Each growing season, the PEAS Farm grows thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables for the Missoula Food Bank to distribute to low income families. Animals on the farm include pigs, chickens, and our beloved farm cat, Ophelia.

CSA Shares: 90 summer shares. MORE.

Other Programming: The PEAS Farm is a hub for two of Garden City Harvest’s other programs, Farm to School and Youth Harvest Project (a Youth Development program).  It also serves as a field trip destination for hundreds of K-12 classrooms, and an outdoor classroom for the Environmental Studies (EVST) program at the University of Montana.The PEAS internship – available for both undergraduate and graduate credit through the University of Montana – is offered spring, summer, and fall. 

CSA Share Program

Pick up times for the PEAS Farm are 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Mondays or Thursdays starting in June. Participants have the option of picking up their produce at the farm all season, or at 103 Hickory near downtown Missoula. While the pick up times are the same at both locations, the Hickory pick up is only available on Mondays.

CSA sign up starts in January for returning members (look for a snail mail letter) and Monday, February 20, 2017 for new (and returning) members. Sign up for our newsletter so that you don’t miss out! We will send you an alert when it’s time to secure a share for yourself or your family.

Read all about our CSA Shares and sign up.

Full share: $500

For 18 weeks you will receive a share of locally grown vegetables (a full share gives you more than 350 pounds over the course of the summer, at an average cost of $1.50 per pound). Pick up the vegetables once a week at the PEAS Farm – meet your farmers while you’re at it.

Flower Share: $50

When flowers begin to bloom on the farm (later than when many of the vegetables come in, typically sometime in July), you can also receive weekly bouquets of flowers to take home with your vegetable share. The PEAS Farm grows many varieties including cosmos, dahlias, pin cushions, and more.

History

Josh Slotnick, PEAS Farm Director and University of Montana lecturer, worked with students and community partners to start the farm on University land at Fort Missoula in 1997. In 2001, the farm moved to the Rattlesnake site and grew the first crops there in summer of 2002.

The site now includes a straw bale barn, greenhouse, two hoop houses, shed, office, chicken coop, pig pen, orchard, parking lot, and play area. Much of the electricity comes from a solar array. The community helped build the farm through generous donations of money, time, labor, and materials.

Community Partnerships

The University of Montana Environmental Studies Program started the PEAS program in 1997, and continues to fund the instructor, recruit students, and make the program an integral part of the EVST curriculum.

The Missoula Food Bank distributes tons of the farm’s high quality food to Missoulians in need.

Local government also plays a role. The farm is sub-leased from the City of Missoula, which leases the land from Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS). In 2014, MCPS approved a 40 year lease with the City of Missoula to ensure the farm’s future at this site for generations to come.

Our CSA members are community partners too. By purchasing a share of vegetables, they ensure a much-needed revenue stream so we can buy seeds, fuel for our tractor, and heat for our greenhouse, all required to grow the food that feeds so many in our community.

We also rely on community supporters, our donors, who don’t expect anything in return.

Pigs at the PEAS Farm

Part of the Farm to School effort at the PEAS Farm includes keeping pigs. We purchase pigs early in the year, so that students who are visiting the farm can learn about humane raising of farm animals and discuss where their meat comes from. Our pigs stay with us, taking in one of the best views in Missoula, with plenty of room to roam, lots of good food, and a happy life. When they reach maturity and are fully grown in the fall, they are harvested and sold.

Read more about it in our Animal Policies.