Historic Missoula valley LaLonde Ranch to be leased to local ag nonprofit

David Erickson

One of the last historic ranches in the Missoula Valley is entering a new chapter.

The LaLonde Ranch, located near Interstate 90 not far from the airport, is a roughly 6-acre piece of property with structures dating back to the 1870s.

Missoula County bought the property in 1991, and over the past few years they’ve worked with Missoula’s Historic Preservation Commission and other community partners to restore the interior of the historic farmhouse for reuse.

On Monday, a local nonprofit called the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition announced they’ll be leasing the farmhouse as office space and coming up with ways to reintroduce agricultural uses to the property.

“We have really built our programs over the years and have been moving almost every other year or so into temporary office space,” explained Bonnie Buckingham, the executive director and co-founder of the coalition. “And I feel like we have looked at this space many, many times over the last decade and wondered what could happen here, how we might get part of that and how it might really help our mission and vision.”

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