Who are we?
The Desert Rose Taxidermy was established in 2008. We are a small and independent operation that has been cleaning and preparing specimens for universities, museums, veterinarians, collectors, artists, and folks around the world for over a decade. Check out our bustling Etsy Shop!
Today, the Desert Rose Taxidermy is nestled in the mountains of NW Montana, where we are transforming our function and purpose:

Sustainable Sourcing | Sustainable Living

About our bones:
Our work exercises a unique form of 'recycling' by utilizing bones, skulls, and other pieces that are typically just thrown away. The vast majority of our wildlife specimens are salvaged waste from the hunting and trapping trades. We breathe beauty and functionality back into this 'waste' and create an opportunity for folks to utilize and honor these natural pieces, whilst working in harmony with nature. As of 2018, all new specimens we acquire will have no monetary exchange attached to them; this means nature-cleaned and wild-foraged bone will be the staple, with professionally cleaned specimens coming in only from livestock or ethically sourced wildlife.

Over the last decade we've used a method of bone cleaning called 'maceration', which utilizes natural bacteria to gently clean bones and take nothing away from the natural luster of bone. It creates an organic, nutrient-rich by-product that is returned to the soil. We never bleach or boil any bones! Dried specimens are always dried using non-toxic, chemical-free methods.
We are currently working on new creative ways of cleaning bones organically that still deliver superior, professionally cleaned bones!

We use a combination of dermestid beetles and maceration to clean, which takes nothing away from the natural luster of the bone. These methods create organic, nutrient-rich by-products that are returned to the soil. We never bleach or boil any bones! Dried specimens are always dried using non-toxic, chemical-free methods.

When you purchase bones and skulls from us, odd as it may seem, you are directly supporting us and the farm. Your order helps us feed our pigs, care for our honey bees, and maintain the infrastructure of the farm.

About our farm:
Our farm rests high on a pristine mountain top in NW Montana, with virtually untouched wilderness sprawling in all directions. We are completely off-grid and working towards producing everything we need right here in the soil and trees.

There are many who share our values and goals, and we are happy to share knowledge and support others wherever possible. Being able to provide a bounty of quality natural products, goods, livestock, and plantstock is a wonderful way to help others while helping the farm stay on its feet!

What does Permaculture mean to us?
The vision of permaculture is a simple one; everything on the farm supports the farm and everything in it. Working with nature, rather than trying to control it, yields marvelous results on all fronts. Goats weed and prune and provide milk and labor, pigs plow and work the soil and provide an abundance of meat, poultry lay eggs and keep insects at bay, rabbits eat garden "weeds" with relish and produce plentiful manure and meat. Percipitation feeds streams and ponds and fills our pipes, and every season provides abundance in water, sunshine, and forage.

The road to total self-sufficiency is a long one; it may take many years before the land can fully support us and our livestock; and infrastructure, fencing, food, and maintenence are part of the equation when getting started! We still rely on our neighbors to grow the no-spray hay and feed we need, and we require fuel, materials, and basic goods. We seek to meet these needs by selling and trading goods that we can grow, forage, or produce here; mushrooms, herbs, seeds, wood, livestock, and yes, even bones and hides.

We appreciate every purchase you make! Every sale helps feed, fuel, and support the farm directly. We are excited to sell and trade our earth-grown goods! Let's keep our plastic money out of corporate pockets and strive to help one another in what ways we can!

We are here to gain knowledge, share knowledge, and be good to the world around us and those in it. As we learn and grow, we are endeavoring to compile our work and knowledge into sharable media. The trend of popular permaculture profitting on knowledge is unfortunate. We think that the
unique things we learn should be shared with others as freely as possible to encourage and empower others to make meaningful and adventerous changes!
It may be awhile before this project produces downloadable information, but in the mean time, if you have any questions or curiosities about farming, off-grid living, or permaculture concepts, please contact us so we can all grow together!

Contact Us:
Our farm has no posted business hours and does not have a shop front open to the public. We will always strive to communicate quickly and clearly, answer your questions, or work out any issues that may arise. Please be patient while waiting for a response, we'll get back to you as soon as we can! Life can be very busy on the farm!
Email us at: contact@desertrosetaxidermy.com
**And if you didn't get a response, email us again :) Sometimes messages hide in the junk folder!