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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD has been a wonderful resource for all of our home and yard projects. I used the tool library when I was converting the lawn to garden (checked out the rototiller), and we had a great, productive first year garden. We also used the cider press to press over a hundred pounds of apples! MUD has been both a source of tools, and also great help. Every time we are getting going on project and stop by MUD they have had useful suggestions. I haven't taken any of their classes yet, but I've been impressed with the wide variety that have been held.

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

my yard and home

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

make the tool library open more often

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mud has allowed us to complete many projects, including but not limited to gardening and home improvements.

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

my home

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

tool library open more often

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is just one of the many reasons Missoula rocks. The garden projects are ideal, keeps my healthy and eating my vegetables.
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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Shared Gardens

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

More of the same

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD saved us! We needed resources that were well beyond our budget. The tool library was there to lend out post hole diggers, a tamper, even a truck so we could haul heavy materials. Thank you, MUD for giving so much to the community.

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

my own life and from listening to others in the community who depend on MUD for assistance.

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

Link up with other local organizations to expand services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is critical to have services like MUD offers in the Missoula community. The Tool Library, Truck Share and Educational Workshops all help people to empower themselves through self-reliance and knowledge.

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MUD is also a wonderful gateway to the Missoula community. Most everyone I know I met through MUD. And MUD people are good people to know!

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Continue doing a fantastic job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The MUD tool library is fantastic. We wouldn't have been able to complete nearly the number of renovations around the house without it!

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Not sure what this field is for. The location is Missoula, the service was allowing me to borrow tools.

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

Make more of it! It's great, and I wish everyone had access!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family has received so much support from MUD through the Tool Library which allowed us to complete numerous home projects to workshops on home gardening, composting, and building that boosted our motivation, self-confidence and made the work easy to understand. We feel MUD really contributes to the quality of our community in helping each of us do more and feel more accomplished. MUD inspires greater cooperation and involvement in our community.

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

being able to complete home improvement and gardening projects ourselves with tool library support, meeting other community members at workshops and gatherings

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

increase its resources so it could further develop its offerings

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was one of the most helpful organizations while I was in college at the University of Montana. Being a student, I moved around the city a lot and had very few personal belongings. MUD's tool library is a revolutionary idea that helped me with several personal projects. I also took gardening and canning classes, where I learned to process some of my home-grown food. MUD is a winner; I wish they had a branch in every town!

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

Their service to the community through classes and tool lending.

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

Franchise it into every town!

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD offers a variety of workshops with practical applications tfor developing a sustainable life style. And the Tool Workshop helps folks take on projects they otherwise couldn't for lack of the necessary tools.

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Read articles in our local paper about projects MUD has sponsored and their impacts on our community.

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

Figure out a way it could have steady, predictable funding.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I took home brewing class with MUD this past December, and learned an astounding amount of information about how to set up my own home brewing operation! For the amount of membership dues required, MUD provides a vast array of services to members, including workshops, tool access, and a truck share. I was able to utilize the truck share within days of joining to move myself and my partner to our new home in Missoula. Without this vital service, we would have had to rent a truck from a larger company for far more money. This helped us keep costs down, and convinced us that Missoula is a really great place to live. Thanks MUD!

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

My own ability to utilize tools, trucks, and brewing supplies.

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

Encourage them to increase their publicity and volunteer recruitment efforts! This organization has an outstanding capacity to enlighten Missoulians about sustainable living, but often their programs are not known by the broader populace. Even as a member, I do not get regular MUD updates or invitations to volunteer/participate.

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