Frequently Asked Questions
"My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature."
― Claude Monet
Find us at
13624 S. Cottonwood Road
FOR WEDDING + PRIVATE EVENT FAQ'S, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION:
It depends on the season! We are open Thursdays-Sundays (10am-5pm) for our Nordic Playground. We are open Saturdays & Sundays (10am-5pm) for outdoor/tipi dining through March 2021.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
No, although we love our furry friends, we need to be mindful of our farm operations including several acres of gardens & lots of chickens. We do allow pets in wedding ceremonies however.
DO YOU HAVE A RESTROOM?
We have a portable restrooms (that we sanitize throughout the day). We are under construction in the Backyard Event Park for our weddings & events, which will have three restrooms (including one ADA).
ARE YOU ADA ACCESSIBLE?
Our farm is mostly flat, but there are a few bumps here and there. Our Backyard Event Park is under construction and will have an ADA restroom.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Please look for the Bodhi Farms wood signs - we have two entrances, our Main Entrance (yoga, farm stand, and private lounges) is the entrance further west and Event Parking (for special events like a wedding) is the entrance further east.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM BOZEMAN:
We are on Cottonwood Road, between Cottonwood Canyon Road and Gallatin Gateway (191). Look for the new jack leg fence! From Bozeman, go south on 19th until it dead ends into Cottonwood Road. You'll take a left on Cottonwood Road and continue until you pass Cottonwood Elementary School on your right. Look for the new yellow jack-leg fence. The big field is our event entrance (for weddings & larger events). The far west entrance is our main entrance for yoga, private lounges, caterers/wedding vendors and our welcome shack.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM BIG SKY/FOUR CORNERS:
We are on Cottonwood Road, between Cottonwood Canyon Road and Gallatin Gateway (191). Look for the new jack leg fence! From Big Sky, go north on 191 towards Gallatin Gateway and take a right on Cottonwood Road (from Four Corners, go south on 191 and take a left on Cottonwood Road). Continue on Cottonwood Road (taking a right when it dead ends at Enders Rd. to remain on Cottonwood Road, followed by a left when it dead ends at Portnell Rd.). The far west entrance is our main entrance for yoga, private lounges, caterers/wedding vendors and our welcome shack. The far east entrance with the big field is our event entrance (for weddings & larger events).
Wedding + Private Event FAQ's
As part of our mission is to create a sustainable venue for your event, we hope to minimize the waste that large events typically produce. From tossed paper goods, to excess food that gets thrown away, to balloons, to single-use water bottles & micro-plastics that end up polluting our lands, here are a few ways to make your event more eco-friendly and stay in line with our vision at Bodhi Farms. We have also included other frequently asked questions, but if you have others please email us or reach out to your Bodhi Farms Event Manager.
WHAT DO YOU PROVIDE & WHAT SHOULD WE RENT?
It depends on the venue. Bodhi Farms can provide basic lighting, picnic tables & benches, 60” rounds, 24" cocktail tables, restrooms, a dance floor and wood chairs. Depending on the time of year and venue, we also provide large outdoor fire pits & smaller smokeless fire pits (great for s'mores!).
As Bodhi Farms does not provide service utensils or dishes, you may opt to rent ceramic or glass serving pieces from a rental company (locally, we recommend Montana Party Rentals or Gallatin Event Rentals). Or for a more informal event, you can purchase compostable dishes (locally, we recommend Eco Montana). We do not allow single-use plastics.
We do not provide linens, which you will want to reserve if you are using our 60” rounds or cocktail tables. Our 10’ long picnic tables are beautiful as is, but of course you are welcome to rent linens for those as well.
DO YOU RECOMMEND TRANSPORTATION FOR OUR GUESTS?
Use a local bus service for transportation to not only ensure a safe ride home (especially if alcohol is served at your event), but also to minimize the environmental impact if all of your guests were to drive to your event.
ARE YOU ADA ACCESSIBLE?
While our welcome path is accessible by wheelchair, it is not ADA. It is a fairly smooth path with a few parts that are sloped and no steps. With someone helping it would be fine. We have another driving bridge if you need further assistance; please email us to let us know before arriving.
DO YOU HANDLE FOOD & BEVERAGE FOR EVENTS?
We do offer catering options or you are welcome to select one from our preferred vendors list. Please inquire with our Catering Manager for details.
WHAT DO WE DO WITH EXTRA FOOD AFTER THE EVENT?
While most caterers do their best to minimize waste, there is a good chance some food will be leftover. At large events, many of the leftovers simply get thrown out, going straight to the landfill. Bodhi Farms has a composting program in place with bins available to your caterer in the kitchen as well as our trash/recycle/compost containers around the property. We prohibit the use of Styrofoam for leftovers, so please communicate with your food caterer on what containers or plans they have for any extras.
Did you know that in the U.S. alone food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply? And that when food is disposed in a landfill, it rots and becomes a significant source of methane (a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide).
WHO HANDLES THE TRASH & OVERALL CLEANUP AFTER THE EVENT?
Bodhi Farms will handle removal of trash, recycle and composting bins. Our venue rental fee includes cleaning based upon reasonable use. If excessive cleaning is required beyond what is typical for a wedding or event, there will be an additional charge. This includes, but is not limited to decorations, trash on the grounds, and flower petals.
DO YOU ALLOW PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES?
We prohibit the use of plastic straws, plastic water bottles and other single-use plastics on the property. We do offer water stations with small glass mason jars for special events, to ensure water is readily available for your guests.
Did you know that bottling water releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually? And that plastic bottles can take 450 years or more to break down and decompose?
Please do not use any tacks, staples or tape of any kind on our trees, fences, furniture or tents. We also do not allow balloons, glitter, or non-paper (foil) confetti.
For any leftover flowers, we can compost them or you can give them to guests as gifts or donate to a local hospital/senior center/shelter.
WHAT CAN WE HANG INSIDE THE TIPIS?
Nothing must be hung from the tent, except from the main poles and cross poles up to the following maximum loads:
44 lbs – per MAIN POLE Event Tent & Dressing Room Tipi
24 lbs – per CROSS POLE Event Tent & Dressing Room Tipi
When hanging anything from the poles, take care that no sharp edges are against the canvas to reduce the risk of holes forming.
If nothing is hung from the poles, up to 330 lbs can be hung from the radial-frame of the Event Tent & Dressing Room Tipis, assuming an adequate means of securing the load to the radial frame. Please discuss options with your Bodhi Farms Event Manager
WHAT ARE SOME ECO-FRIENDLY SEND-OFF IDEAS?
Send-off items must be approved by Bodhi Farms Event Manager. Please do not use balloons, rice, confetti, glitter, or bubbles in plastic bottles. Only natural or eco-friendly wedding send-off items are allowed, such as biodegradable confetti, ribbon wands, dried or fresh herbs, and green leaves. Find more ideas here.
Did you know that plastic-based glitter & confetti take 1,000 years to break down?
WHAT ABOUT ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY FAVORS?
Donate to a favorite charity in your guests names, give locally made sweet treats, biodegradable seed packets, or have enough dried flowers & herbs that double as a send-off and take home as party favors.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON OPEN FLAMES, SUCH AS SPARKLERS, CANDLES & FIRE PITS?
Bodhi Farms Event Manager must pre-approve and oversee any fire pit usage during the event. Only pre-approved votive candles for guest tables and canned heat for warming trays are allowed. Bodhi Farms does allow LED candles in all spaces. Fireworks, sparklers and all other pyrotechnics are NOT allowed anywhere on Bodhi Farms property at any time.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON SMOKING?
Smoking tobacco is strictly forbidden on Bodhi Farms, except in designated smoking areas. There is a zero-tolerance policy for smoking in the tents and tipis.
DO YOU REQUIRE AN EVENT COORDINATOR?
We require that you hire a professional wedding planner or day of coordinator for all events at Bodhi Farms. What’s the difference between our Event Manager and an Event Coordinator? Your Bodhi Farms Event Manager will ensure that your vendors are aware of our entry, loading and parking plans as well as make sure they are directed over to your venue on our property. An Event Coordinator can ensure your event runs smoothly – typically this person will help create your event timeline & floorplans; direct the vendors on the day of the event and ensure an accurate set up; guide your rehearsal and ceremony; welcome and direct guests; and coordinate and load your décor/gifts/personal items after the event.
WHAT TIME SHOULD WE START THE CEREMONY?
The ceremony start time can vary based on the time of year and what pictures you are planning to take at the event; typically they will begin between 4pm-5pm. Things to consider: Are you planning a first look? What group photos will you take (B&G + her parents, B&G + his parents, B&G + both parents, B&G + bridal party, etc.)? We recommend you chat with your photographer or Bodhi Farms Manager and discuss time of year and when the sun is setting for the best outdoor natural light.
WHAT IS THE RENTAL TIME PERIOD FOR AN EVENT?
Please inquire about venue rental time periods, as it depends on the venue & time of year.
DO YOU REQUIRE EVENT INSURANCE?
Bodhi Farms does require Special Event Liability Insurance. If alcohol is served at your event, your policy must include Liquor Liability coverage. Talk to your renter or homeowner insurance as it’s an easy, affordable add on in most cases. Other options include Event Helper and WedSafe and Eventsured.