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Montana Farm to Institution Producer Webinar

Montana Farm to Institution Producer Webinar

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will host a free, one-hour webinar for farmers and ranchers about selling to schools, hospitals, and other institutions. For more information and to register: www.ncat.org/institutional-markets.

March 2, 2017
11:00 am, Mountain Time

Institutions in Montana represent a huge, but largely untapped market for our farmers and ranchers. The webinar will address the major concerns about working with institutional buyers that we’ve heard from Montana producers, and it will offer the opportunity to hear from professionals around the state about what’s worked (or hasn’t worked) for them.

Topics include developing partnerships, direct marketing, wholesaling, contract agreements, and, briefly, food safety. If you’re looking to expand your market, NCAT is here to open our toolkit for successful relationships with institutional buyers to all those that attend this webinar.

This webinar will include presentations by Demetrius Fassas of NCAT’s Farm to Cafeteria Network, Brianna Ewert of the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, Christina Angell of Root Cellar Foods, and Mariann Van Den Elzen of Quality Food Distributing. Presentations will be followed by a panel Q & A.

NCAT’s mission is helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions that reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. Developed by NCAT, the Farm to Cafeteria Network is a group of Montana food producers, processors, food service professionals, and community members who collaborate to share best practices and resources about Farm to Cafeteria Programs across the state. Farm to Cafeteria Networks’ mission is to support vibrant local communities by increasing the amount of healthy, locally grown food served in public and private institutions.

This webinar is being produced with funds from the USDA and the Montana Department of Agriculture. For more information about NCAT’s Farm to Cafeteria Network visit farmtocafeteria.ncat.org.

For more information, please contact Local Food Program Specialist, Demetrius Fassas (406-494-8672), or at demetriusf@ncat.org.

The Dirt
Gulf States

The DirtGulf States

Gulf States Activities Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative: Establishing Partnership Fourteen people representing the six groups that form the Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative gathered for their first in-person meeting in Jackson on December 13. The groups that make up the Collaborative include the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Asian Americans for Change, FoodCorps, Mileston Cooperative… Continue Reading

Energy Engineer

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking a mechanical engineer to perform field energy audits. This is a regular, full-time position providing an excellent opportunity to work with a dedicated and professional staff on state and national projects while developing skills as an energy analyst. Would you like to work with building, industrial,… Continue Reading

Local Foods Specialist – Growing for Success Project

Local Foods Specialist – Growing for Success Project

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT’s Growing for Success project aims to expand the Harvest of the Month initiative to a broader institutional audience including hospitals and pre-schools. This job… Continue Reading

LIHEAP Can Help Communities Address Extreme Weather

LIHEAP Can Help Communities Address  Extreme Weather

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that extreme cold weather caused more than 13,400 hypothermia deaths between 2003 and 2013. The people most at risk for weather related deaths include populations identified as vulnerable populations by LIHEAP – the elderly, disabled, and young children. The flexibility provided by LIHEAP’s block-grant structure can be… Continue Reading

Iinníí: The Power of Tradition

Iinníí: The Power of Tradition

Montana FoodCorps member Graham Schreiber had a once-in-a-lifetime experience last month when he joined members of the Blackfeet tribe in Browning to harvest a bison. As Graham writes, bison were a primary food source for many Northern Plains Native Americans, including the Blackfoot Confederacy. Referred to as iinníí in the Blackfeet language, bison also provided… Continue Reading

Catching Rainwater with Cows, Soil Microbes, and Electric Fencing

Catching Rainwater with Cows, Soil Microbes, and Electric Fencing

Excerpt taken from The Dirt Southwest Newsletter Now in its second year, NCAT’s Soil for Water initiative has already taught over 150 people, mostly landowners, how to build healthy soils that catch and hold more rainwater. In the late spring and summer our research team, led by students and faculty from Texas State University, set… Continue Reading

Video Premiere

Video Premiere

  The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s video, A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital in Montana, will premiere at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest on January 21 in Polson, Montana. Continue Reading

Become an Energy Corps Member

Become an Energy Corps Member

The Energy Corps is currently recruiting! Interested in energy and conservation topics? The Energy Corps works in the areas of energy conservation, education, alternative energies, green building and community organizing. Click here to find your opportunity to provide much needed energy assistance while gaining valuable green collar job skills. Energy Corps AmeriCorps members provide hands-on… Continue Reading