Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center

Mission

Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center’s mission is to enhance regional and state economic opportunities by providing client services to value added agriculture and specialty food businesses through the management and operation of a viable community-based food processing center.

Overview 

Located directly in the heart of Ronan, Montana and covering over a ¼ of a city block, Lake County Community Development’s Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center is a fully functioning food processing, research, and development facility. The food processing facility is inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program.

History

The Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center (MMFEC) is a response to a community based food system assessment- the Montana Food System Initiatives -conducted in 1998. The assessment involved a diverse group of community members and organizations that looked at their local food system and identified community based actions that could increase local food production, add value to local agriculture, and create new resources for local food consumption. In 1999, MMFEC received funding through the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Program which developed a marketing plan for the Center. This plan revealed that western Montana farmers, ranchers, and food producers require marketing, food processing, and distribution infrastructure development in order to enhance their quality of life and community economic well-being. By 2000 MMFEC’s food processing facility was built and began providing a venue for the incubation of specialty food entrepreneurs and value added agricultural producers. In 2005, MMFEC was one of 10 federally funded food and agriculture innovation centers in the country, and since 2009 MMFEC has served as western Montana’s food and agriculture center in the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agriculture Development Network.

We are proud that Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center has contributed to the success of food businesses such as: 

News & Happenings Around MMFEC

Find client stories, grant projects, and up to date information about what is going on at the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center. 

 

 

Find us Instagram and Twitter!

MMFEC is now on Instagram (@mmfec) and Twitter (@_MMFEC). Follow us to keep up to date with all of the exciting things happening, like new products!

 

 Love Ronan? Love good beer? 

Ronan Cooperative Brewery Owner Drive Event

 

Ronan Cooperative Brewery shares are now available for purchase. Come join us at the Valley Club in Ronan (407 3rd Ave NW) on Saturday, December 2nd from 5-7pm to learn all about what a cooperative brewery is and how you can become an owner. Remember to like & follow Ronan Cooperative Brewery on Facebook!

Interested, but can't attend? Call us at 406-676-5901 for more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Montana Food & Agriculture Development Center Network Update 

We are excited to announce the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center has been awarded funding to continue to be one of the four centers in the Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Network. Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center will continue to provide the unique services of our food processing facility and the expertise of our staff in food business development, food safety regulation and food production efficiency. The network provides food and agriculture enterprise services statewide.

For more information contact Jan Tusick, Center Director at 406-676-0676. 

 

 

  

 

processed squashUnique Squash Project

MMFEC partnered with a local farmer, Karl Sutton of Fresh Roots Farm, and the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) to provide roasted squash puree to the Food Bank Network's clients. Karl grows Lower Salmon Valley Squash for a seed contract. Karl's harvest is the seeds, and he donated the squash flesh (the "meat") to the Food Bank Network. MMFEC discounted our processing services to roast, puree and freeze the squash so it would keep longer. Western Montana Grower's Cooperative donated the freight to transport the frozen squash to Missoula, and MFBN will distribute it to partners statewide. This unique partnership provided healthy, local food at an affordable price to Montanans who need it most this fall.


     

 

 

 

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