Laura Garber is running for Montana State Senate District 43 as an Independent candidate. Laura is the owner and co-operator of Homestead Organics Farm, south of Hamilton. She is a community builder, out-of-the-box thinker, and motivator for all sorts of people, new ideas, and projects.
Laura graduated with High Honors from the University of Montana in 2000, earning degrees in German and Liberal Studies while also completing course work towards an Elementary Education degree. As a UM student, Laura was part of the ASUM Student Senate for two years. Laura moved to Hamilton in January 1999. She grew up near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Laura was an exchange student in Bremen, Germany, for her 11th grade year and speaks fluent German. She has been married to Henry Wuensche, originally from Blumberg, Germany, for eight years. (Henry became a naturalized citizen of the United States in April 2017!)
Laura is the mother of two children, Helen and Henry, and is lucky to be the foster mother of Tiffiny.
Laura and her husband Henry lead on-farm experiential learning opportunities for youth and families at their farm, Homestead Organics Farm. Laura formalized these programs as 'Cultivating Connections', a non-profit under the umbrella of the Bitter Root RC&D. Together they provide farm- based learning for youth living at the Linda Massa Youth Home, girls in the YWCA GUTS program, children and families with autism at 'Special Abilities Camp' (in cooperation with Bitterroot Art for Autism), preschool and kindergarten students in the 'Kinder-Gardeners' program, and high school students growing food for the Meals on Wheels program as 'Youth Farm Interns'.
Laura has lived abroad and traveled extensively, having experienced cultures, societies, and governments as diverse as the former Germany just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Vietnam, Scotland, Japan, England, Albania, and Croatia. Laura and her farm have hosted exchange students from around the world and have employed no less than 23 local high school students in the past six years.
As a dedicated resident of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, Laura has helped to put ‘Ideas Into Action’ in many ways. She was one of the key players in building the first publicly available and State Inspected Poultry Processing Facility in the state, and its right here in the Bitterroot. Laura was the driving force behind the forming of Loyal To Local Community and Agriculture Cooperative in 2016. Using her farm as classroom, Laura coordinated with Hamilton Kindergarten teachers to provide all 120+kindergarten students a series of three field trips for farm-based learning this past school year. As Director of Cultivating Connections, Laura leads her group of Youth Farm Interns in growing and preparing fresh salads for the Meals on Wheels program of the Ravalli County Council on Aging. Laura is teaming up with facilitator Kris Bayer to offer an eight week course in community building on Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM beginning September 12.