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Why Local Foods?

NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell discusses how his local farmers market in San Antonio, TX has adapted to a drive-thru farmers market format to provide local, sustainable food to the public under a shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Colin Mitchell
NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist
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Jim Adkins, founder of the International Center for Poultry (ICP), located in Old Fort, North Carolina, addresses that question and others during a March 2013 workshop in Great Falls, Montana. The workshop was presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, and Salish-Kootenai College. It was funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency. For the past thirty years, Jim has raised over fifty breeds and varieties of standard bred poultry (that includes chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys). In 1994, he received his poultry judging license from the American Poultry Association which has taken him to thirty...

The National Center for Appropriate Technology, with funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, held a statewide meeting on October 12, 2012, to discuss the obstacles and opportunities of having more fresh, nutritious, locally grown food in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-care institutions. Farmers, ranchers, health institution officials, and others gathered at the NCAT headquarters in Butte, Montana, to take part. Dave Prather, General Manager of Western Montana Growers Cooperative, delivered one of the keynote addresses....

The National Center for Appropriate Technology, with funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, held a statewide meeting on October 12, 2012, to discuss the obstacles and opportunities of having more fresh, nutritious, locally grown food in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-care institutions. Farmers, ranchers, health institution officials, and others gathered at the NCAT headquarters in Butte, Montana, to take part. Mark Branovan, Hospitality Services Director at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, delivered one of the keynote addresses....

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a USDA initiative to promote sustainable local and regional food systems that will support small and mid-sized farms and ranches, promote healthy communities and protect our natural resources....

In this episode, John Wallace, manager of NCAT/ATTRA's SIFT farm – which stands for Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training – talks with Victorian Tilley about the farm's shift from growing food to sell to growing food to help meet the nutritional needs of the community through donating to local charities. The SIFT farm is located at NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana, where John and Victorian both work. Victorian is an Energy Corps member with AmeriCorps and is currently NCAT's Farm Energy Educator. The farm's goals in the past were focused on proving economic viability; now it has transitioned toward donating to charitable organizations...

In this episode, NCAT Agriculture Specialist Linda Coffey talks with Kourtney Ross and Audrey Hollis of the United People’s Community Organization Market and Farm in North St. Louis City, Missouri. The mother and daughter discuss how their organization came to be after they observed how getting involved with gardening created interest in food among neighborhood children and how much the children enjoyed taking part in gardening tasks. For more information on this topic, you can contact Linda Coffey directly at lindac@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Community Gardening Community Orchards Market Gardening: A Start-Up Guide Other Resources: American Community Gardening Association Please call ATTRA with any and all of your...

This webinar features pertinent information on the status of nutrition programs in the state of Montana. Presenters discuss ways to make farmers markets more accessible to all demographics and increase sales and traffic to markets through programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Farmers Market WIC (Women, Infant, and Children program), and Senior Farmers Market Coupons. It also includes creative ideas to bring the culture of health to your market with fruit and vegetable incentive programs and how to fund raise for them. The following resources with the archived Farmers Market Nutrition Program webinar: 1. Montana Farmers Market SNAP manual https://www.ncat.org/downloads/EBT-Manual-062614.pdf 2. Farmers...

In this episode, Dave Prather of the Western Montana Food Growers Cooperative talks about the challenges that were overcome when the cooperative was created....

Presented on March 31st, 2016, this webinar provides information about the Montana Harvest of the Month program and how to get your local products served in Montana schools. If you are interested in selling your veggies, whole grains, lentils, beef or apples in schools, now is a great time as schools across Montana will be joining this statewide program that features a Montana-grown food item every month in classroom activities, taste tests, and school meals. This webinar is geared towards producers who would like to sell their products in schools, as well as anyone interested in learning about this great...

Aubree Roth, Farm to School Coordinator with Montana Team Nutrition discusses USDA guidelines for selling local food to schools during the "Entering the Institutional Food Market" conference at the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana, on April 25, 2014....

FoodCorps Montana service members have worked to source local beef in school lunches in order to invest money in the local economy and feed our children healthier meals. FoodCorps is a national non-profit organization that places emerging leaders in communities across the nation to connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. We do this by placing these leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, and facilitate getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. Every community and state brings unique opportunities and challenges. In Montana,...

ATTRA Program Specialist Hannah Lewis gives a brief overview of Local Foods Systems....