County Rail is located in Huson, MT, just west of Missoula. The two acre vegetable operation is run by Tracy Potter-Fins, a queer farmer who likes to throw a good dance party, and loves her farm dogs. County Rail was founded by and built by Tracy and Margaret DeBona. We met in New York state while working at Hearty Roots Farm, a large CSA delivering to the Hudson Valley and New York City, and started farming in Montana in 2011.
Tracy grew up in Moscow, Idaho and went to college in New York state, where she farmed with Hearty Roots and Awesome Farm for three summers after traveling abroad and working on small organic farms in Europe. She is a beekeeper, a sheep shearer, and a baker.
Margaret grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She is a seamstress, avid hiker, and runs her own clothing and accessory company, @smalltimeshirt / Small Time Shirt. Queers! These things are for you! Visit her sites for your country chic wear and bolo tie needs. While Margaret is no longer farming at County Rail, she continues to be an important part of this farm and its legacy.
I am thankful for all the support we’ve received from our great friends, members, and the farming community. After 6 wonderful years leasing land in Dixon, MT County Rail is now on 10 acres of permanent land in Huson, just west of Missoula. This land is traditional territory of the Ktunaxa (Pend d’Oreille) Tribe, and we actively acknowledge the rights that were violated in the process of our occupation of this ground.
If you’d like to visit, get in touch! County Rail is open to all visitors as long as we have some notice, and we have two AirBnB wall tents available for rental in the off season, if you’re into that kind of thing.
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Check out this short documentary about County Rail, with enormous gratitude and credit to Cassandra James and Carrie Laben – it’s from a few years ago so don’t be fooled by how different we/things look today. Coda, however, is just as handsome as he was when this was filmed.