Farm to Institution is one of Grow Montana’s main focus areas; returning from the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, we’re more energized than ever, and we hope that you will get involved!

Currently, the Grow Montana steering committee is exploring our 2015 legislative priorities, and our farm to institution subcommittee is investigating what policies might be right to strengthen and increase farm to institution efforts in Montana. We rely on practitioners—farmers, ranchers, food buyers, activists, nutritionists, processors, etc.—to give us ideas and directions. If you have ideas for policies, or even specific legislation, that we should explore for 2015, please send them to stephaniep@ncat.org. If policy’s not your thing, you can let us know what challenges you are running into as you work towards a Montana-based food system—even if you don’t know exactly what the policy issue is, just send your thoughts over, and we’ll see what we can find out.

And be sure to stay up-to-date by signing up for the Montana Food and Ag. Listserv and subscribing to The Dirt Montana e-newsletter, as we’ll have more news later in the year!