Missoula Urban Demonstration Project

Rating: 4.72 stars   599 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment, Economic Development

Location: 629 Phillips St Missoula MT 59802 USA

Mission: MUD values Urban Sustainable Living: A way of living that embraces low-impact, small-budget, do-it-yourself, resource-sharing practices that foster healthy communities and ecosystems now and for future generations.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD has helped Missoula become a leader in urban sustainability. It's an important and cherished part of MIssoula's character. Missoula would not be the same without it, and more importantly, the MUD model could be applied to other towns, big and small.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting various projects done around the house.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

another cider press would be nice. And another pole saw.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I think MUD provides an invaluable community service. Our family has utilized several services offered by MUD. We have accessed the apple press from the tool library on several occassions to make cider with our apples. My husband has attended several of the workshops offered by MUD as well. I highly recommend this organization to everyone in my community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

no

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of anything.

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Rating: 4 stars  

MUD! My next door neighbor and hardworking partner in sustainable living for several years. The honest efforts of Missoula Urban Demonstration are a testament to the hard work of non-profits. Through the collective efforts of dedicated staff and volunteers, MUD has grown from a simple city seed company to a vital community resource for cooperative urban living. It is a delight to watch them evolve. I sincerely support their efforts as a Missoulian, neighbor and friend.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having worked with the MUD board on several different occasions I have experienced their dedication to the core mission of MUD and drive to advance the organization in the best ways. As a neighbor to the MUD site, I get to experience the energy of the work that happens there, the constant coming and going of workers, members and volunteers, and I can sense their determination in making the mission of MUD the mission of a much larger community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They need space! While their location is certainly being used to its utmost, there is little room to grow and accommodate new communities. I would also recommend they engage in more partnerships with other local groups who share common visions to generate more support and growth of their own organization.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The tool library and its employees and volunteers helped me make improvements on my home I wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By using the tool library to replace trim and fix doors in my house

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it better advertising

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Rating: 4 stars  

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) is a great benefit to the Missoula community. I have attended two workshops provided by MUD: one taught basics of saving seeds relative to gardening/farming, the other taught basic blacksmithing skills. Both workshops were taught by very knowledgeable and qualified instructors, and were provided to me, a member, at a very affordable fee. I would highly recommend participating in learning experiences offered by MUD, and advocate for supporting the organization with membership or donations. MUD also provides an excellent tool library and affordable pickup truck share program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

two excellent educational workshops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I only hope that MUD will find the support they need to continue providing their services to the community; I would be pleased if greater community support, and particularly increased funding would help MUD to provide more frequent educational workshops.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of MUD for years. I've taken a number of their courses and made regular use of their tool library. I have really enjoyed and learned a lot in their courses and their tool library has been indispensable--what a terrific idea to fill an important community need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...in the handful of classes I 've taken which were well-attended and very informative and in the continuing ability to use their tools through a wonderful sharing program which has helped me while sparing me the expense of purchasing costly tools I use infrequently (rototiller, torque wrench...)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Unfortunately, I am not closely involved enough to offer any useful suggestions, something that hopefully I will change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD serves a really important role in the Missoula community through its efforts to promote sustainable lifestyles. My wife and I are both members and we have made extensive use of the tool library for our home garden and yard. We borrowed tools to build 5 raised beds, thus allowing us to grow most of our own vegetables, and again when we converted part of our yard to a low-water use garden, so decreasing our overall water use.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My wife and I are both members and we have made extensive use of the tool library for our home garden and yard. We borrowed tools to build 5 raised beds, thus allowing us to grow most of our own vegetables, and again when we converted part of our yard to a low-water use garden, so decreasing our overall water use.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure..seems great already!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We regularly use MUD's tool library - what a fantastic resource. Before purchasing tools, you should check it out as they have everything and just using 1 or 2 of the tools can pay for the membership. An additional benefit that pays for the membership is the 10% discount at Home Resource. Membership for us in MUD is a no brainer. We also live on the Northside and regulary attend social events hosted by MUD. It is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people in our neighborhood and the Missoula community at large. The classes are beneficial as well and taught by super knowlegable people. This is an amazing organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

classes, rentals, social networking.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None at this point

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Rating: 5 stars  

We moved to Missoula with all of our household goods in storage, so no tools at hand. THank goodness we had the tool library to start remodeling our house and maintain our yard and gardens. Without their help we would have had to buy tools for a one time use (demolition for remodel required sledgehammers, etc. The expertise offered guided us through the process as well.

We have lived in several communities and have not experienced such a unique service. The friendly, helpful staff at the lending tool library and the office connected us with many community resources as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We borrowed the truck to transport tools and were able to maintain our yard and begin a remodel on our house. We were able to harvest the gardens and prep them for winter. It helped us organize a small neighborhood clean-up of overgrown bushes also.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to expand the tool library hours.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD was a fantastic place to learn and grow within the Missoula Community. Without MUD I wouldn't have known the power of my own hands and spirit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because they are always there and always welcoming.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them even better funding.

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