Local Food & Agriculture

Local Food and Agriculture is impacted by climate change by altering rainfall patterns, temperatures, and seasons. These effects include less irrigation water, decreased nutrition of feed for livestock, increased soil pollutants damaging crops, and even early/late freezes. 

$9,849,000

MARKET VALUE OF PRODUCTS SOLD

As of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, taken every five years, the total market value of Missoula County agricultural products (crops, livestock, poultry, and products) was $9,849,000. 


21%

HIRE FOR LABOR

Of the 576 Missoula County farms censused in 2017, 21% (109) farms hired for labor. These workers perform essential daily tasks needed to keep a successful farm running, such as caring for livestock, working with crops and maintaining farm machinery.


21-68 FARMS

SELL DIRECTLY

Between 21-68 farms sold food and agricultural products directly to local or regionally branded  consumers, retail markets, institutions and food hubs in 2017.

SX͏ʷTPQYEN NEIGHBORHOODS 

MASTER PLAN

Formerly Known as the Mullan Neighborhood Master Plan, the Sx͏ʷtpqyen Neighborhoods Master Plan involved visioning and coding for a roughly 2,000-acre area six miles west of Downtown Missoula. This Master Plan calls for agricultural land preservation, in accordance with Missoula's  growth policy.


SUPPORTING AGRICULTURAL LAND

THROUGH CODE REFORM

Agriculture has been a part of Missoula and its surrounding valleys  for centuries and is an important part of our history. Missoula and Missoula County are both working to support local food and agriculture though zoning and code updates.


FOOD POLICY ADIVSORY BOARD

ESTABLISHED IN 2020

The Missoula City-County Food Advisory Board was established in 2020, to work with existing local, county, regional and state food programs, advise on food and farming opportunities, and provide policy recommendations.

LEARN ABOUT 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

If you are a local food producer and are interested in the potential for additional revenue  resources, consider connecting with Agrisolar Clearinghouse to support the growth of co-located solar and sustainable agriculture in our local community.


SUPPORT 

LOCAL FARMERS

Support your local farmers by purchasing from farmers markets, signing-up for a local community supported agriculture (CSA) share, or by growing your own at one of Garden City Harvest's community garden plots.


COMMUNITY FOOD AND AGRICULTURE COALITION

Get involved with Montana's Community Food and Agriculture Coalition, who are working to ensure that local farmlands are conserved, farming remains a viable livelihood, and that all Montanans can equally access nutritious, affordable, and locally grown food.