Expanding a science/agricultural based research and educational center in Montana
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Circle B High Mountain Discovery Center is a science/agricultural based research and educational center located outside of Butte, Anaconda and Deer Lodge, Montana, at an altitude of 7000 feet on 20+ acres. The goal of its founders, disabled US military veteran Brian Bonner and his wife, Susan, is to restore the land (as much as possible) to what it was prior to the extensive lumbering operations. The restoration will enable them to broaden the research and education facilities. Circle B is an outgrowth of an agricultural project the Bonners established in Florida and ran successfully for five years.
Their plans include but are not limited to:
- Track and record weather patterns using various types of weather stations.
- Implement alternative energy sources such as solar panels and Savonious vertical Axis Wind Turbines.
-Develop gravity fed water delivery systems to supply water to the Center and to their livestock.
-Restore an existing wetland area with a pond for migrating birds from Canada and Alaska.
-Open a choked stream to allow native fish and amphibians to return to the mountain.
They intend to execute this plan using a self-sustainable model of new renewable green technology. The focus will be on plant life and small livestock organically grown that are suited to the unique and sometimes harsh Montana mountain environment.
To develop their project, commercial contractors, Veteran volunteers and college students will participate. The research will be made available to other local, state and international research facilities as well as to farmers, ranchers and the public in general through the website, individual correspondence and educational workshops. The purpose of the project is to improve the environment while providing self- sufficiency in a climate like Montana’s.
Much of the infrastructure is already in place. Already, crops of cabbage and onions have been harvested, free-range chicken eggs produced and honey harvested from established hives. They have been sold at nearby markets in Butte.
The Bonners are ready now for their next steps for which $7,000 is sought. First, they must become a 501 (c) 3 – that is, a legal charity registered with the tax authorities. Once this is granted, Circle B will need to develop a Center website, purchase a domain and an upgrade their computer equipment. The funds will also cover fees to a foundation group, Chamber of Commerce registration, and hiring a part-time grant writer for this new non-profit organization.
Mutt bees capping comb at Circle B High Mountain Discovery Center
Free-range Chickens at Circle B High Mountain Discovery Center