Future Irrigators of America
Every year a contingent of young members of Future Farmers of America, from various school districts in the county, convenes on Lake Como to participate in workshops and a tour of the dam and some of the associated irrigation works, including a visit to one of the end points of all that diversion at a working farm. The field trip is sponsored by the Bitterroot Water Forum.
Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot began in 2011 as part of the BRWF’s effort to increase opportunities for watershed education in the Bitterroot. Since its inaugural year, the field trip has grown from Stevensville as the only participating FFA chapter, to adding Victor, and most recently Corvallis.
“Irrigation and agriculture are so important in this valley, as economic drivers and in making the eastside of the Bitterroot valley habitable,” says Julia Wochos, the Big Sky Watershed Corps member at BRWF. “BRWF wants to make sure that people better understand the vital role irrigation plays in our community.”