Partners

 

Policy

MMFEC is a steering committee member of Grow Montana, a statewide policy coalition whose common purpose is to promote community economic development policies that support sustainable Montana-owned food production, processing, and distribution, and that improve access to Montana foods.

 

Missoula Community Food and Agriculture Coalition

CFAC envisions a future where houses, farms, and ranches thrive; people are well-fed and food secure; family farms are sustainable, successful, and supported within a community food system; and farmers and ranchers can access the land they need. Visit their website here.

 

Western Montana Growers Cooperative

The Western Montana Growers Cooperative (WMGC) is a coalition of growers in the Flathead, Jocko, Mission and Bitterroot Valleys whose goal is to provide the market in our region with fresh, quality products from our farms. In 2002, through a "community food systems" grant, Lake County Community Development (LCCD) started working to find ways to get locally produced food to "local" people. The grant paid for one person's salary to take the lead on the project. A small group of farmers became involved and it was determined that a cooperatively owned marketing and delivery service, WMGC, would be a good tool. WMGC grew out of this process and is entirely independent of LCCDC. By providing a marketing and delivery service, WMGC allows the farmer members to concentrate on producing great local food while making it more accessible to buyers. Visit their website here.

 

National Center for Appropriate Technology

NCAT Helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. MMFEC hosted a NCAT AmeriCorps FoodCorps Service member from 2011-2014. Two former service members helped expand the presence of locally grown and processed produce in area K-12 schools. Visit their website here.

Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. From 2012-2013, MMFEC hosted an AmeriCorps Farm-to-Institution VISTA, Shay Farmer, in partnership with the Salish Kootenai College. Visit Montana Compact's site here and Salish Kootenai College's page here.

Renewable Energy 

MMFEC was a host site for its first AmeriCorps member from November 2010-August 2011. Montana Energy Corps, a program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is a program focusing on expanding awareness and sharing resources about energy efficiency, renewable energy, state and national programs and general education about sustainable living practices to Montana communities. 

             

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