[montanafood_ag] January Update from NCAT's Farm to Cafeteria Network

Nancy Moore nancym at ncat.org
Mon Jan 6 10:32:44 MST 2014

Happy New Year from NCAT’s Farm to Cafeteria Network! 

We are feeling especially grateful for a productive 2013 during which Farm to Cafeteria programs across Montana grew like never before. 

A few highlights of our work over the past year: 

    * We published the Montana Farm to Cafeteria Manual , a how-to guide for food producers, foodservice professionals, and community leaders 
    * We hosted the first-ever statewide Growing Leaders Youth Summit at which 110 youth and adult activists participated in activities related to diversifying and improving our food system 
    * We helped facilitate the Montana Beef to School Coalition , a newly-formed group of stakeholders working to get more Montana beef in our state’s school lunches 
    * We launched a USDA Farm to School grant project in which NCAT is partnering with Butte and Boulder school districts to create a collaborative urban/ rural Farm to School project 

Best of all, over the past year we deepened many partnerships and formed new relationships with folks across the state doing amazing work to support Farm to Cafeteria programs. A few of those key partners include the Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition, Montana Department of Agriculture, AERO, Garden City Harvest, and MSU Extension. 

Thanks to everyone whose support has helped us promote a healthier local food system in Montana! 

And now for regular updates... 

1 . New Year, New Relationships: How Forward Contracting Can Boost Local Purchases January's Homegrown profile is chock-full of tips for ways to create a purchase agreement with local farmers and ranchers during winter months. Start planning before farmers start planting! 

2. Position Announcement We are in the midst of a staff change at NCAT and are looking for a coordinator for Farm to Cafeteria Network. The Montana Local Foods Specialist position is open until January 19, see full description here . I will remain closely involved with the program as I continue working at NCAT in my new position. 

3. Get Social! Connect with food and ag resources, recipes, fun articles, and upcoming events via our Facebook page. We're just ONE "like" away from reaching 300- will you be the one? Hope to see you on the interwebs... 

Take good care, 

Nancy Moore 

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) 
Local Foods Program Manager 
3040 Continental Drive, Butte MT 59701 
(406) 533-6648 

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