Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) sees a future where houses, farms, and ranches thrive together; people are well-fed and food secure; family farms are supported within a community food system; and beginning farmers and ranchers can access agricultural land to feed the rest of us.
CFAC members are deeply concerned about the rapid loss of agricultural land in Missoula County. We do not believe that residential sprawl is the best use of the fertile lands that can support work farms, sustain rural communities, and feed people. We do, however, see a way for Missoula County’s population to continue to grow without spreading houses across working farm and ranchlands.
We believe that if our food system is to be strong and resilient, we need to support beginning farmers and ranchers, to help them over the hump of the first few years to build sustainable, successful business models. CFAC helps beginning farmers by providing assistance accessing land, financing and markets; education on business and production; and networking opportunities.
CFAC’s Food Security, Access, and Consumption (FSAC) committee takes a comprehensive approach to developing new markets and assuring all Missoula’s citizens equal access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. Our programs have included Missoula Farm to School, Double SNAP Dollars, EBT at the Farmers’ Markets, and the Buy Fresh Buy Local Farm to Restaurant Collaborative.
Funds raised at the KettleHouse Community UNite will go towards helping CFAC continue to build a sustainable local food network for Missoula. Join members of CFAC’s staff and board at the Northside KettleHouse on April 26th to learn more about our programs.