Doug Crabtree

Owner / Operator
Vilicus Farm


Doug has always been a farmer. He grew up on a large-scale grain farm in Ohio that didn’t survive the farm crisis of the 1980s. Giving up a full ride engineering scholarship after one semester at Purdue he followed his true passion and transferred to the Agricultural Economics Program. While completing his degree, he managed a crop farm in Indiana. He worked as a professional Farm Manager and Agriculture Systems Researcher in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. After completing his Masters program, he spent two years building a sustainably constructed home with his wife, Anna, while also working as an organic inspector. From 2001 until 2012 he served as the Organic Program Manager for the Montana Department of Agriculture. Doug holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics / Farm Management from Purdue University and a M.S. in Plant Science/Agronomy from South Dakota State University.

+ OTA Advisory board + Montana Organic Advisory Board Chair + Previous OFRF board + 2014 Organic Trade Association’s Organic Farmer of the Year

+ Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) board member

+ Montana Organic Association (MOA) board member


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