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About Lost Prairie Guest Ranch in MontanaAbout Us

Our family moved to NW Montana in 2014. Our background, ( in WA state- near sea level), included owning a grass based dairy, a vegetable CSA, a pasture pork operation, etc. Prior to that we logged- including with draft horses, built log homes, farmed with horses, and operated a carriage business.

Our interests were always about things old fashioned, pioneer, and organic. We are very fond of our animals, and we think the small, diversified family size farm is the prettiest and most practical thing on earth.

We chose our new Montana property for it's remote beauty, good pasture for our livestock, the mountain trails, and it was affordable. The place had been a sheep ranch at one time, older buildings still intact. We undertook a major restoration project of the house and property. Meanwhile attempting to learn how to farm at near 4,000'.

The learning process was brutal, and we soon learned why the settlers described Lost Prairie weather as a "mixed bag of nails". The first year we lost all our hardy sweet corn, green beans, and summer squash on August 8th to frost. It was looking like we needed to stick to root crops and just super hardy things. During this time we found Painted Mountain corn, a flour corn that actually grows in Montana. We started using the corn to make our homemade tortillas and they were really a hit with all our friends. Just a humble, earthy food, that makes the most wonderful meals fresh off the comal. We have a person in our home that cannot consume gluten, so these naturally gluten free meals were especially loved.

We began talking about making the taco dinners for our next venture, which would be a guest ranch. We would make the tortillas right at the table, and use as many fresh ingredients from the garden as possible. Feed people with the same standard we have for ourselves, with non gmo and organic ingredients wherever possible. Nourish them with a little animal therapy too, being around our gentle farm animals. We think our guests will truly enjoy taking a cross country buggy ride behind a team of horses that love to do their work.

Also in winter, we would take our guests in the sleigh and bobsled on our horse power groomed trails through the property. We know how beautiful, how fun it is, dashing through the snow laden branches and total unspoiled beauty, surely they'll love it!

Next, we undertook the project of building the first cabin for our new guest ranch. We built it high on the hill above the Main Lodge for the awesome view of Meadow Peak and total privacy. 

We think our guests will appreciate the peace and quiet here, the wildlife, the stars at night, and the care that we intend to invest in it all.

Thank you for reading and we hope to see you here!

From all of us at Lost Prairie Guest Ranch,
Tom, Daisy, Lilly, Macaroni, Pheobe, Sapphire, Darius, Violet, Sweet Pea, Scarlet, Blanca, Wesley, Peanut, Sylvie, Roscoe, Marley, Diesel, Sweetie Belle, Patrick, and all the ducks and chickens.

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