Doug Crabtree

Vilicus Farms

Doug and his wife, Anna Jones-Crabtree, own and operate Vilicus Farms, a diverse organic dryland crop farm north of Havre, MT, near the Canadian border. They grow 12 – 15 crops annually in a five-year rotation of grains, legumes, broadleaves, pulses and oilseeds. Doug also serves as organic certification program manager for the Montana Department of Agriculture. He previously worked as an organic inspector, educator, researcher, farm manager, and farmer. As beginning farmers themselves, Doug and Anna are strong proponents of organic farming as a strategy for new producers. They also see beginning farmers as the key to growing organic agriculture. Doug holds a MS in Plant Science from South Dakota State University and a BS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.