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Our story


Travis was raised on his family's dairy farm in Wisconsin and moved to the mountains of Montana in 1990. He has worked a variety of jobs which helped build many useful skills around the farm today. He developed a strong work ethic growing up and it pairs nicely with his high energy. You will find Travis out in the field studying the soil, in the office planning for the next season, or sitting in the tractor listening to podcasts and
books to absorb as much as he can about soil health and farming.

Melissa is the 5th generation on her family ranch which was established in 1881. She loves living in her childhood home and raising kids there. She not only takes care of the books, snacks for the crew, and running for parts as needed, she has been known to drive spud trucks during harvest, sort on the line, or hop in the tractor to help with field work. 

She and Travis married in 2002 and spent their first fourteen years graduating from MSU, volunteering at church, traveling across the United States with an oil and gas company, working with a local business on a creative building expansion and raising their two amazing kids. 

They moved back to the ranch in 2016 to run the cattle, put up hay, and manage the organically grown vegetable garden while Melissa's father, Walt Sales, began his career in politics. A short while later, the neighboring farmer, Gene Cole, approached the Stubers with taking over his farm which has grown potatoes in the valley since 1947. After some time on their knees, they knew it was a perfect fit. In 2017 Cole Ag was born.

Since the potato business switched hands, some changes have been made. The garden and cows are now gone though they hold wonderful memories and valuable lessons, pivots now irrigate the crops with precision, and the name has been changed to Gallatin Grown.

Our family does not take lightly the privilege it is to live in the Gallatin Valley and to care for the land. We are constantly learning new and better practices while valuing the wisdom from the past. We do our best to enjoy the gift of farming while raising the 6th generation on this ground. This farm has been a blessing to our family and that is a legacy we hope to pass along, today and tomorrow.

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