Much of our valley's open spaces are in agricultural production. We're taking two bus loads of our friends to meet the people behind the scenes and learn about the rich heritage that was protected along with the land. Special guests and partners from the Gallatin History Museum will be sharing fun facts about the agricultural history of the Gallatin Valley and how it has shaped the place we know and love.
Registration for the Conservation Bus Tour is open. This event is free and open to the public. The tour always sells out so if you cannot use your ticket, please cancel so we can fill your seat.
This year's Conservation Bus Tour* will highlight the rich heritage and history of our agricultural lands and farming families. We're very excited to be hosting this tour in partnership with our friends at the Gallatin History Museum. We'll board the buses at the Gallatin History Museum and head toward the Springhill area where we'll visit two conserved properties. Both properties utilized funding from the Gallatin County Open Lands Program to conserve the open land in perpetuity. Gallatin County voters will have an opportunity to renew funding for this program through an Open Lands Levy on the June 5th ballot. The levy will allow GVLT and others to continue protecting historically significant farms like the ones we'll visit, along with habitat, water, and working lands across our valley.
The tour will stop at the Toohey property to hear about the family history on the land and the homestead history, including tours of historic buildings, filled with original tools, that were used when the farm was first established. We'll then visit the 13 Mile Lamb and Wool property and hear about the Reese Family homestead and history of the land.
In between visits the Gallatin History Museum will share fun and interesting facts about the history of farming in the Gallatin Valley. Much of Bozeman's history, and the history of other towns throughout the valley, are rooted in agriculture. You'll have great tidbits to share at your next dinner party! When did farming start here and why? Who were the people that homesteaded here and where did they come from? What types of crops were growing in different parts of the valley and why? How did different national events affect the agricultural community in the Gallatin Valley? Why was this valley so unique for agricultural?
The tour will end at the Gallatin History Museum and we'll have a brief optional reception in the museum to see the new agricultural heritage exhibit.
GVLT is the beneficiary of Bozeman Craft Beer Week and we'll be drinking the collaboration beer specially brewed for GVLT, Gallatin Valley Lager. Snacks provided but attendees should plan to eat dinner before or after the tour.
* Please note that this is a school bus, not a fancy bus. We're a nonprofit after all!