Courtney Cowgill
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Editor, professor, farmer, writer.

Current Position

Owner and farmer / adjunct professor / editor

Prairie Heritage Farm / University of Montana School of Journalism / MediaShift





Specialty Areas
  • Agriculture
  • Communications
  • Education

Editing, writing, social media, online journalism, journalism education, online learning, instructional design, legislative reporting, small-scale agriculture, sustainable agriculture, family farming

More Information:

Leadership Experience

I co-own and co-manage Prairie Heritage Farm, a small farm on the Fairfield Bench that specializes in fresh vegetables, heritage and ancient grains and locally adapted seeds. In addition to raising crops and kids, I’m a freelance editor (currently the managing editor of MediaShift) and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism where I teach feature writing and specialize in teaching and designing online courses. I also oversee the Legislative News Service, which provides legislative coverage to scores of newspapers and broadcasters across the state. I serve on the board of the Red Ants Pants Foundation, which supports women in leadership, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. Before my leap back to rural Montana in 2009, I co-founded and was the editor in chief of NewWest.Net, the now shuttered online magazine about the Rocky Mountain West.

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

I love to work with new journalists, especially entrepreneurial ones. And, I see great power in connecting with (either being mentored, or mentoring) other women farmers who juggle business ownership, families, 0ff-farm careers and rural life. I also really enjoy helping women craft their own personal writing and believe storytelling — especially to ourselves — can be incredibly empowering.