farmtoschoollogoSince the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition’s (CFAC) inception in 2005, several innovative programs have been initiated collaboratively between CFAC and community partners to guide the development of a healthy, sustainable local food system for all Missoula’s citizens.  These programs have included EBT machines at the farmers’ markets that enable people to use SNAP benefits to purchase healthy, local food, and the Buy Fresh Buy Local Farm to Restaurant Collaborative that links chefs with farmers and ranchers to bring locally-grown and raised food to customers’ plates.  The Missoula Farm to School program was another integral piece of CFAC’s multifaceted approach towards achieving our mission of developing and strengthening Missoula’s food system.  CFAC initiated the first Farm to School program in Montana, and our model is now used in schools across the country, incorporated through the national FoodCorps program! The program in Missoula is now run through the Central Kitchen, which provides meals to the individual schools.  Educational programing is provided in partnership with the school system by Garden City Harvest.  

CFAC continues to find innovative and collaborative ways to incorporate local foods and connections to farms throughout western Montana, and to find likely partners to build upon the work we initiate.  

 

For more information about Farm to School across the country, please visit the National Farm to School Network website.