Grow Montana Strengthening our Food and Agricultural Economy. Purpose To enable Montana’s food producers to meet more of our state’s food needs. Montana produced 70% of its own food through the 1940s. Employment in the Processed Food Industry. Source: US Census Bureau 2003.
Grow MontanaStrengthening our Food and Agricultural Economy
To enable Montana’s food producers to meet more of our state’s food needs.
Source: US Census Bureau 2003
The Agricultural Commodity Marketing Challenge
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Source: ATTRA 2005
Source: US Census Bureau (2002)
Source: US Department of Commerce (2004)
- Health Care
UM Butte, Helena, Dillon
Other Department of Administration
Source: Mcleay and Barron. Unlocking the Food Buying Potential of Montana’s Public Institutions.
Supports MT Farmers and Ranchers
I know where my food comes from
More money stays in MT communities
Farm to College helps the University
“demonstrate [that]…we do in a direct, absolute way have something to do with rural Montana.”
Conventionally Sourced Meal (Sysco)
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Conventional Meal Traveled 3 Times More Miles than the Farm to College Meal.
Used 3 Times More Fuel.
Public Institutions $32.7 Million
“A person in my position can’t change the world, but I can change a little piece of it.”
Governor’s Food and Agriculture Summit
Grow MT’s Consensus Policy Areas
1. Rebuild supply infrastructure
2. Market development
public institution’s food services
3. Food access, food security
Grow Montanaa project of theNational Center for Appropriate Technology(406) 721-1664