Community Development Program

We are actively supporting a more united, vibrant and healthy community in the Troy, Bull River and Yaak communities. We are promoting and enabling a broad spectrum of community members to be included in community activities, and providing leadership training and implementation opportunities. We are building local economy, using community driven initiatives in business, and making growth sustainable, both ecologically and economically.

 

Community Agriculture

What better forum to inspire awareness of the relationship between environmental ethics, economic development, and community health than a gathering around local food?

In collaboration with local gardeners and city officials, we launched a Troy Farmer’s Market in 2012 that is now in its fourth season. The market has established a steadily growing base of support from both producers and consumers, providing a venue for community engagement, economic exchange, and incubation of further development concepts.

The market is located on the beautiful grounds of the Troy Museum on Highway 2. If you would like to experience the market as a customer, join us during the market from 3:30 – 6:30 pm on Fridays, June through September. Special markets include the Mothers’ Day Market on the Friday before Mothers’ Day, the Apple Festival on the fourth Friday of September and a Fall Bounty Market on the third Friday of October.

If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Shawna at shawna@yaakvalley.org, visit our website at www.troyfarmersmarket.com; or follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/troyfarmersmarketmontana.

Annual Apple Festival

The Yaak Valley Forest Council and the Troy Farmers Market hosts an Apple Festival during a special farmers market on the 4th Friday of September with extended hours and activities which celebrate the connection between our local area – excellent for growing apples, and our position in Grizzly and Black bear habitat. Check out this years festival details on our calendar and join us for apple and bear activities including free apple pressing, an apple pie contest, kids’ games, and bear awareness demonstrations.

 
Photo by Marcus Vinicus

Geotourism

Tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.

The YVFC created a geotourism map for the Troy area in partnership with the Troy Chamber of Commerce (www.troymtchamber.org). Our first stage included a printed and web-based map of the town, featuring both built and natural landmarks. The goal of the map is to provide an interactive, attractive and accessible guide to the town for tourists and locals alike. We have included public resources such as the city hall, post office, and city park but also hikes and historical sites that will be of interest to visitors and locals. The web-based map can be found at
http://troymtchamber.org/discover-troy-map/.

The second stage of the map project will include an expanded web-based map and print map showing points of interest and hiking trails in the greater Troy area such as the well-known Ross Creek Cedars, boar launches, and historic sites.

If you have ideas for the map or if you would like to help put it together, please contact Shawna at shawna@yaakvalley.org.

Community Capacity Building

We are working to create dynamic leaders and strong sustainable economic development in our local area. Our community development coordinator Shawna Kelsey has facilitated a series of leadership trainings held in Troy, community presentations covering economic development and outdoor-related topics in addition to classes specifically related to small business management and gardening.

 
 

Innovate Montana

As part of the Innovate Montana event that is put on by the MT Governor’s office of economic development, the Community Development coordinator mobilized local business owners and entrepreneurs to share a vision for creative growth and improved economic vitality for the area.