Volunteer at the Fall Family Fest
Oct
20
12:30 PM12:30

Volunteer at the Fall Family Fest

The Moon-Randolph Homestead is hosting the cider-pressing booth at Fort Missoula's Fall Family Fest on Saturday, October 20th. The festival runs from 1-4 pm. Sign up for a two-hour volunteer slot and help kids press apples into cider. 

The Fall Family Fest features hayrides, old fashioned fun, food trucks and beverages, as well as live music. It'll be a fun fall day in Missoula. Be a part of it as a Homestead volunteer. 

Just bring yourself, drinking water, and an eagerness to share the wonderful experience of pressing apples into juice with kids. 

Sign up to volunteer!

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Fall Volunteer Work Day
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Fall Volunteer Work Day

We've had a long, fruitful season of field trips, workshops, summer camps, square dances, fall festivals, and need to put the Homestead to bed for the winter.

Join us for a fall afternoon of planting, seeding, mulching, fencing, and general maintenance at a historic, working homestead.

Sign up to volunteer!

Bring work gloves, drinking water, and snacks. Dress for whatever fall weather in Montana brings us. 

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The Fall Gathering
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

The Fall Gathering

This September 22nd, celebrate the full harvest moon and another season gone by at the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 18th Annual Fall Gathering. Join us for a harvest feast, cider and beer, apple pressing, live music from Scrapyard Lullaby and Westfork Music, and dancing under a full harvest moon. Family friendly. The Fall Gathering is our largest event and fundraiser of the year, supporting our efforts exploring and celebrating Missoula’s human, ecological, and agricultural history. All proceeds benefit the Moon-Randolph Homestead. No dogs, please.

Saturday, September 22, 4-10 p.m.

at the Moon-Randolph Homestead, 1515 Spurlock Road

 

Tickets:

$12 adults / $5 kids | In advance

$15 adults / $7 kids | At the gate

Tickets include harvest feast. Beer and cider available for purchase. 

Advance Tickets here.

 

Events:

4:00 pm Gate Opens | West Fork Music | Apple Pressing

5:00 pm Public Tour of the Homestead

6:00 pm Dinner | Scrapyard Lullaby 

 

Parking:

Parking for those arriving by automobile will be along Spurlock Road. Please park only on the right (south) side of the road to allow local vehicles to pass. Walk up the road to the Homestead or wait for a Missoula Parks & Recreation shuttle to pick you up. Bicycle parking at the Homestead.

 

Hiking to the Homestead:

We encourage those who are able to arrive via trail from Missoula’s North Hills Open Space Trails. You can access the Homestead via the Froelich, Mountain View, Sunlight, and Waterworks Hill trailheads. See this map to plan your route.

 

Volunteers:

Sign up to volunteer during the Fall Gathering via our online sign-up or by emailing us at moonrandolph@gmail.com. Volunteers receive free admission, a free meal, and one free drink ticket! Sign up here.


Meal:

This year's Fall Gathering feast will be made up of fresh, local food from various restaurants and businesses around Missoula. Notorious PIG will be barbecuing pork for our main dish, with pork sourced from Notorious PIG, Take It or Leave It—Food Truck of Lower Crossing Farm, and Western Montana Growers Coop. Side dishes will be cole slaw from Burns St. Bistro, vegetarian bean salad from Redbird Restaurant, pasta salad from Scotty's Table, salad from Clark Fork Organics, and salad dressing from Caffe Dolce. We'll round out the meal with slider buns from Le Petit Outre, and pies from Bernice's and community members!  

Sponsorships: 

The Fall Gathering is the largest community event and fundraiser hosted by the Homestead, with over 300 people in attendance. If you would like to become a sponsor or donate to the event, email the caretakers at moonrandolph@gmail.com.  

Thanks to our 2018 Fall Gathering Sponsors:

Northwestern EnergyWestern Cider, Good Food Store, Notorious P.I.G., Burns St. Bistro, Scotty's Table, Caffe Dolce, Redbird RestaurantNorth Missoula Community Development Corporation, Missoula Parks & RecreationSweet Pea Sewer & Septic, Bernice's Bakery, Le Petit Outre, Clark Fork Organics, and Alpha Graphics

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Homestead Camp: July 23-27
Jul
23
to Jul 27

Homestead Camp: July 23-27

  • Moon-Randolph Homestead (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Homestead Camp, kids experience life on a real, working Homestead situated on City of Missoula public land, nestled in the North Hills. We'll garden, cook, and care for the Homestead's chickens and pigs. Camp will also include period-specific games, crafts, and projects.

This camp is run by Parks and Recreation's Missoula Outdoor Recreation and Education (MORE) Program and is facilitated by Homestead Caretaker, Caroline Stephens, along with MORE Program staff. This one fills up fast, so register early to reserve your kids's spot.

For kids ages 5-12. One room schoolhouse style.

To register, visit the Missoula Parks and Recreation website.

Registration begins March 18 at 9:00 a.m.

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Summer Squares: Square Dance!
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Squares: Square Dance!

This summer, kick up the old time dust at Summer Squares, a summertime square dance series, hosted by Western Cider and the Moon-Randolph Homestead. Dance away a late summer evening at this traditional and easygoing community square dance. The dance will feature a caller and live old time music by the The Beet Tops. Callers will teach you everything you need to know—no experience necessary. Beginners and young folk welcome all night. Dance is FREE and open to the public.


Thursday, July 19 @ the Moon-Randolph Homestead
Chelle Karcher, Caller

6:00 pm -- FOOD by Cruz Tacos, CIDER by Western Cider

7:00 pm -- MUSIC

8:00 pm -- DANCE

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Homestead Camp: July 16-20
Jul
16
to Jul 20

Homestead Camp: July 16-20

  • Moon-Randolph Homestead (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Homestead Camp, kids experience life on a real, working Homestead situated on City of Missoula public land, nestled in the North Hills. We'll garden, cook, and care for the Homestead's chickens and pigs. Camp will also include period-specific games, crafts, and projects.

This camp is run by Parks and Recreation's Missoula Outdoor Recreation and Education (MORE) Program and is facilitated by Homestead Caretaker, Caroline Stephens, along with MORE Program staff. This one fills up fast, so register early to reserve your kids's spot.

For kids ages 5-12. One room schoolhouse style.

To register, visit the Missoula Parks and Recreation website.

Registration begins March 18 at 9:00 a.m.

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Homestead Camp: June 25-29
Jun
25
to Jun 29

Homestead Camp: June 25-29

  • Moon-Randolph Homestead (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Homestead Camp, kids experience life on a real, working Homestead situated on City of Missoula public land, nestled in the North Hills. We'll garden, cook, and care for the Homestead's chickens and pigs. Camp will also include period-specific games, crafts, and projects.

This camp is run by Parks and Recreation's Missoula Outdoor Recreation and Education (MORE) Program and is facilitated by Homestead Caretaker, Caroline Stephens, along with MORE Program staff. This one fills up fast, so register early to reserve your kids's spot.

For kids ages 5-12. One room schoolhouse style.

To register, visit the Missoula Parks and Recreation website.

Registration begins March 18 at 9:00 a.m.

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Homesteader Workshop Series: Chicken Care for the Small Flock
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Homesteader Workshop Series: Chicken Care for the Small Flock

Co-superintendents of the Western Montana Fair Poultry department Laura Denitto and Kristin Whisennand will teach participants about the key needs and considerations for the healthy backyard chicken flock. You’ll learn about city regulations, basics of chicken care, what to expect when having a couple of hens around your home, coop considerations, disease and pest management, while interacting with the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s flock of 40 laying hens and two roosters.

$5 for MUD members and $10 for non-members. Pre-register by paying at the MUD Square Marketplace.

MUD & the Moon-Randolph Homestead are pleased to offer a 3-part Homesteader Workshop Series again this calendar year. Workshop content is targeted towards adults or older youth, but families are welcome as there is plenty of room at the Moon-Randolph to play and explore. Please bring water and come prepared to be outdoors!

Contact info@mudproject.org with questions.

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Homestead Camp: June 18-22
Jun
18
to Jun 22

Homestead Camp: June 18-22

  • Moon-Randolph Homestead (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Homestead Camp, kids experience life on a real, working Homestead situated on City of Missoula public land, nestled in the North Hills. We'll garden, cook, and care for the Homestead's chickens and pigs. Camp will also include period-specific games, crafts, and projects.

This camp is run by Parks and Recreation's Missoula Outdoor Recreation and Education (MORE) Program and is facilitated by Homestead Caretaker, Caroline Stephens, along with MORE Program staff. This one fills up fast, so register early to reserve your kids's spot.

For kids ages 5-12. One room schoolhouse style.

To register, visit the Missoula Parks and Recreation website.

Registration begins March 18 at 9:00 a.m.

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Become a Tour Guide!
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Become a Tour Guide!

Calling all storytellers, yarn weavers, and tale tellers:

We're looking for community members who are interested in digging into Missoula history and assisting the caretakers with interpretation at the Moon-Randolph Homestead.

On Saturday, June 16, from 1-3 p.m., the Homestead will host a tour guide training program. The training will cover the history of the Missoula Valley, homesteading in the West, vernacular architecture, heritage apple trees, and the unique stories particular to the Moon and Randolph families. 

After completing the training, volunteer tour guides will be able to support caretakers in interpretation during Saturday tours, as well as during field trips and volunteer events for youth and adults.

RSVP to: moonrandolph@gmail.com

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Homesteader Workshop Series: Soil Science for Gardeners
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Homesteader Workshop Series: Soil Science for Gardeners

Join Sandy Perrin from Missoula County Extension for a soil science workshop for gardeners. This workshop will cover the basics of soil science, soil testing, soil test interpretation, and soil building techniques. Workshop instructors will cover key concepts, as well as provide participants with hands-on experiences, such as collecting soil samples from the Moon-Randolph Homestead garden, evaluating soil by sight and touch, and deciphering both home- and lab-made test results.

$5 for MUD members and $10 for non-members. Pre-register by paying at the MUD Square Marketplace.

MUD & the Moon-Randolph Homestead are pleased to offer a 3-part Homesteader Workshop Series again this calendar year. Workshop content is targeted towards adults or older youth, but families are welcome as there is plenty of room at the Moon-Randolph to play and explore. Please bring water and come prepared to be outdoors!

Contact info@mudproject.org with questions.

 

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Homesteader Workshop Series: Wildlife and the Small Farm
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Homesteader Workshop Series: Wildlife and the Small Farm

This workshop focuses on methods to keep predators away from small livestock, such as chickens and pigs. Join us at the Moon-Randolph Homestead, where we are surrounded by bears, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, raptors, and other predators, and we manage our livestock to prevent interactions with wildlife. Local expert, Bryce Andrews, from People & Carnivores, will discuss predator-livestock interactions and demonstrate different fencing techniques to keep your livestock safe. Claire Grisham, from the National Wildlife Federation, will discuss ways to incorporate wildlife friendly gardening into your backyard landscape. 

$5 for MUD members and $10 for non-members. Pre-register by paying at the MUD Square Marketplace.

MUD & the Moon-Randolph Homestead are pleased to offer the 3-part Homesteader Workshop Series again this calendar year. Workshop content is targeted towards adults or older youth, but families are welcome as there is plenty of room at the Moon-Randolph to play and explore. Please bring water and come prepared to be outdoors!

Contact info@mudproject.org with questions.

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First Open Saturday in 2018!
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

First Open Saturday in 2018!

Join us for our first open Saturday of 2018. Bring your friends and family for the Moon-Randolph Homestead's first open Saturday of the year. Caretakers will be available for tours of this historic ranch.

As with all our Saturday open hours, this event is free and open to the public.

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Historic Tree Planting
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Historic Tree Planting

Three years ago, Orchardist Roger Joy grafted budwood from the Homestead’s historic apple trees onto heritage rootstock. Those trees have grown up on Joy’s orchard in the Bitterroot, and this spring, are ready to be planted out at the Homestead. Join us for this historic tree planting in one of Montana’s oldest remaining orchards. Both experienced and inexperienced planters are welcome.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Prune the Moon
Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Prune the Moon

Join us for a day of tree pruning in the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s historic apple orchard. Experienced pruners are encouraged to attend, or learn the art of tree pruning with our skilled local arborists, Mark Van Der Meer and Mike Billingsley. This is a great workshop for those wanting to learn how to care for older apple trees, and a great way to spend a spring day at a historic homestead in Montana. For those with pruning equipment, bring handsaws, pole saws, loppers, hand shears, gloves, and orchard ladders. We will have plenty of tools for the empty-handed. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Coffee, lunch, and cider provided.

No sign-up required. Just bring yourself, some layers for wet and cold spring weather, some water, and the desire to get to know a tree or two. No dogs or unattended children, please.

 

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Homestead Cider Dinner
Mar
7
5:00 PM17:00

Homestead Cider Dinner

Join us next Wednesday evening, March 7 from 5-9 p.m. at Caffè Dolce for the Homestead Cider Dinner, a fundraiser for the Moon-Randolph Homestead, and a celebration of Western Cider's Homestead Cider. A percentage of sales from the evening will go back to the Homestead to help fund historic preservation and community education projects.

The regular Caffe Dolce menu will be available, as well as a menu of small plates and entrées, made to pair with the Homestead Cider, which will be available on tap!

Reservations recommended. 406-830-3055. Walk-ins welcome, too.

More on the Homestead Cider: 
The Homestead Cider is one of Western Cider's Community Collaboration Ciders with unique local provenance. Last fall, Moon-Randolph Homestead caretakers and volunteers harvested apples from the Homestead's orchard, planted by Ray and Luella Moon in the 1890s. These apples are old varieties--Winesap, Duchess of Oldenburg, Wolf River, Macintosh--that were grown for baking, and often for cider-making. Western Cider pressed and fermented these apples into a rare cider with elements of bright green apple, pear, and a dry, tannic finish, reminiscent of dry Montana sunshine and the North Hills, where these apples were grown.

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