msu programs and resources

The Towne's Harvest Garden is a three-acre diversified vegetable and educational research farm supporting a student-run, community-supported agriculture program. Towne's Harvest Garden promotes learning about food production, the value of eating and supporting local foods, community building, and individual empowerment. The Garden is named after the Towne family, one of the original homesteaders in the beautiful Gallatin Valley.

The Montana Master Gardener Program serves as an education and volunteer service organization.  The program’s purpose is to provide technical assistance and unbiased, research-based information in consumer horticulture to people in all Montana communities through qualified volunteers.  Through the Master Gardener program we empower individuals with sound horticultural practices that minimize negative impacts on the environment.  The program is based on a philosophy of shared ownership.  MSU extension agents, staff, and volunteers share vision, ideas, and responsibilities for the program. 

MSU Extension has produced several free guides on a variety of agricultural topics including crops, plant disease, range management, fertilizer, forages, pest management and pesticides, weed identification and management, and a variety of yard and garden topics.

other garden organizations

The goals of the Montana Native Plant Society are to preserve, conserve, and study the native plants and plant communities of Montana, and to educate the public about the values of our native flora.

Our club is dedicated to helping others learn about gardening and to appreciate the natural resources around us. Each meeting features a speaker or demonstration on some aspect of gardening, conservation, landscaping, or floral design.

garden club videos

Our YouTube channel has several videos from over the years, produced by member Frank Erickson.

gardening tools

If you are curious about the weather at our club garden, this link shows detailed information about temperature, wind speed, and precipitation.

This website brings together US weather data and plant pest and disease models to serve many decision support needs in agriculture. Currently this site provides over 82 degree-days and 23 hourly weather driven models serving many IPM, regulatory, plant biosecurity, biological control, and conservation uses for the full USA, with emphasis on IPM needs for the Western states.

Enter your spring frost-free date and this will tell you when to start seeds indoors or when it's safe to plant outdoors.

local farmers markets

The purpose of the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market is to provide an opportunity and location for local vendors of homemade food, handmade crafts and locally grown produce to market, display and sell their goods to promote economic well-being and support the development of home-based businesses.

The Bozeman Farmers’ Market is a place for families and friends to gather, socialize, support local and share in a fun-filled community environment!