Rick Dale


Born in the Ruby Valley and raised in Twin Bridges and the Tobacco Root Mountains, Rick has minerals in his veins.  A mining engineer by trade and a collector by habit, Rick keeps the farm equipped with recycled materials and manages the big picture. Rick has a Masters Degree in Mining Engineering from Montana Tech and may occasionally consult, if the job is of interest.  Rick and his wife JoAnn live on the farm. As a Director of MT Cross Farms, he is responsible for transportation of animals, fiber and feed. He is the assistant milker and lamber. Richard also maintains the power systems for the farm.


Van Puckett

Heather's Husband - The muscle

Van Puckett, President of MT Cross Farms, draws on a life of diversity and life-long learning. His work history includes working on a farm, fighting forest fires, teaching kindergarten through 12th graders, mine reclamation, construction, and deployment as a preventive medical specialist. He is a licensed practical nurse, has his CDL and is the Madison County Sanitarian. Van is responsible for the day to day construction, planting, pasture management and milk delivery. Van and his family live on the farm.


Heather Puckett

Van's Wife - the grunt

Heather Puckett, Secretary/Treasurer of MT Cross Farms, relies heavily on her business background and love for the outdoors to fill her roles on the farm.  She compiles all of the flock and pig herd data, financial record keeping and is in charge of marketing.  She also performs most of the day-to-day flock and pig herd management and is the main milker, lamber and farrower. In her spare time, she drives - to basketball, volleyball, FFA, football, band, the grocery store, the feed store, school, the vet. Not so bad once she discovered podcasts...