About Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition

Grow Montana is a broad-based food policy coalition whose common purpose is to promote community economic development and education policies that support sustainable Montana-owned food production, processing, and distribution, and that improve all of our citizens’ access to healthy Montana foods.

2015-2016 Steering Committee Members

Bonnie Buckingham, Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (Missoula)
Lyndsay Bruno, Montana Farmers Union (Great Falls)
Chris Emerson, Office of Public Instruction (Helena)
Kathy Hadley, National Center for Appropriate Technology (Butte)
Kaleena Miller, Alternative Energy Resources Organization (Helena)
Tara Ray, Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Bozeman)
Jan Tusick, Lake County Community Development Corporation (Ronan)
Cameron Clevidence, Northern Plains Resource Council (Billings)

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History

Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition formed in 2005 to advocate for changes in state policies that would strengthen Montana’s food and agriculture economies. The coalition has since led foods systems research, produced educational materials, and stewarded significant policy changes to support Montana’s food producers.

See a full list of Grow Montana’s efforts from 2015-2014 here.

In 2007, Grow Montana was a prominent member of the planning committee for the Governor’s Food and Ag Summit and produced this video summarizing the state of Montana’s food system.