County Rail Farm and Field Five Flowers are 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. Field Five Flowers, is run by Bethany Stanbery, a queer artist, metalsmith, and designer. Field five encompasses not only field five but also many other areas of the farm. County Rail was founded by and built by Tracy and Margaret DeBona, who is now @smalltimeshirt / Small Time Shirt. 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.
Bethany grew up in Helena, Montana and has excelled at various careers including as a professional ballerina, aerialist, and restaurant manager. She makes one of a kind hand fabricated jewelry in the winter (and sometimes summer months) and is a full time flower farmer and designer in the summer months. See her work at www.thegildedmuse.com
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 is traditional land of the Bitterroot Salish (Selis), Pend d’Oreille (Qlispe), Nez Perce (Nimiipuu), Coeur d’Alene (Skitswish), and other Kootenai bands including Ksanka and Ktunaxa peoples, and we actively acknowledge and work to make reparations for the rights that were and are 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.