onlymom - I have a friend who lives in Pinedale! (Well, on a ranch outside of Pinedale). She cloth diapered, gardens, breastfed both kiddos at least a year, etc. Her kids are 3 and 5, though .... LMK whether you think your friend would like to meet her. She just moved there a couple years ago, and hasn't met a lot of people herself since she lives out of town. I think she'd be 'up' to meet someone, if your friend is interested.
Nick&jonmom - are you a MT native, or transplant? I was born in MT.
I've lived in Sheridan for 8 years now ... there is a small, vibrant, and hidden community of liberal folks in Sheridan.
They're hard to find unless you know the right people, I think. We belong to a CSA, there's a local foods directory for people who want to eat locally grown foods ... there is the Health Nut for organic foods, as well as a co-op through the Seventh Day Adventists (I believe) .... some of the stores carry some organic stuff. It's piecemeal.
I think people are typical nice Westerners in Sheridan ... there is a strong lean to the 'right' politically for the overall population (the Tea Party protesters won their category in the parade, they had their own float for the WYO rodeo) .... That leaning is true throughout the state, though, other than some blue pockets in Jackson and Laramie. Quite an emphasis on the Libertarian/self-sufficiency approach .... At the same time, there is a really nice trails/walking path system, and we've got better recycling than Missoula! So it's a mix. Overall, I think the population skews a bit to the older folks (there are quite a few people in their fifties and above, it's somewhat a retirement community). There's quite a bit to do .... where do you live now? That would give a better feel for what you'd need to know.
The schools are good in Sheridan, and there are a couple very active homeschool groups as well....
And ... I must admit I haven't checked out MOPs or MOMs in Sheridan. I am really not a fan of that whole dynamic that all-female groups sometimes take on, and I'm chicken, and I haven't gone.
Mayasmomma and I talked about meeting up sometime but we haven't yet ... maybe soon?
ETA: I think both OBs in Sheridan are good ... I see Dr. Scott. There aren't any local midwives, although some people travel to Billings.... I think the c/s rate is quite low, other than the fact that once they do a c/s, it's a VBAC ban hospital. I've heard good things about both OBs in terms of natural birth, etc. Dr. Scott has been supportive of me breastfeeding past a year, and breastfeeding on an elimination diet, etc. I like him very much. I think you wouldn't go wrong with either doctor -- on the other hand, birth at the hospital in Sheridan is uber-expensive, so unless you've got good insurance you might not like the bill! SJ born in '06 cost us nearly $7,000 for a simple no-intervention birth.