Community Food and Agriculture Coalition


Missoula, Montana

Formed in 2005, The Missoula County Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) works to develop and strengthen Missoula County's food system by: promoting sustainable agriculture; building regional self-reliance; and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food.

We seek to facilitate dialogue, education, and collaboration within the community, encouraging creative problem-solving and proactive policy advocacy. CFAC is a multi-stakeholder coalition that addresses community needs related to food and agriculture in a comprehensive and creative way. The dedicated involvement of citizens, public officials, and people with a range of interests, such as farmers and anti-hunger advocates, is essential to securing the health of our local food and farming system.

The Missoula City Council and the Board of Missoula County Commissioners passed a joint resolution in spring 2005 to support the work of the CFAC. Our aim is to work with the City and County to implement a comprehensive food policy for Missoula.

Some of the specific objectives of CFAC are to: Secure policies that support the local food and farming system - For instance, we are working to get the Missoula Schools to buy more local food and create new markets for farmers; Educate Missoula County residents about the value of farming and healthy, fresh food - We organized the 2005 Harvest Festival and other educational presentations; Promote the economic viability of area farms and ranches, which face real threats from development pressures; Involve all citizens in decisions that affect their food system - We are inviting those most affected by food insecurity to help guide research about barriers to food access and to promote advocacy efforts to address these issues.

Listing last updated on May 24, 2006


CFAC is a multi-stakeholder coalition dedicated to developing and strengthening Missoula County, Montana's food system. CFAC facilitates dialogue, education, and collaboration within the community, encouraging problem-solving and proactive policy advocacy.



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