jarsWhen will the Montana Local Food Challenge begin?

Our Challenge will begin on August 1 and end on August 31, but that doesn’t mean you should stop eating delicious local food!

What’s our goal?

Our goal is to support working family farms and ranches throughout the state and the restaurants and markets that sell their products, bolstering our local economies and improving Montanans’ access to local food. We hope the challenge will raise awareness of the vast potential in our local and regional food systems and will keep more of our food dollars within our state. Moreover, we hope to provide the opportunity for people with different perspectives to connect, build bridges, and discover common ground through shared love for Montana and a desire to support our local family farms and ranches. We aim to reach and connect urban and rural communities, local business owners, and new and long-standing producers across the state, creating strong and long-term relationships.

What is Local?

“Local” is a difficult term to define, so we are keeping it simple. For the Montana Local Food Challenge, we are defining local as any Montana product (the majority of ingredients were grown and processed in Montana and the business is owned in Montana). If you live near a state border, “local” can also include food from the closest bordering state.

Food systems are not defined by borders but by regions. This “Greater Montana Region” will help us access more local businesses and think about building our food system on a regional level.

How will this be tracked?

You can track your food purchases through this website (click “Track Your Progress” and sign in), or use own paper and pen to do it.

Can people without computers participate?

Yes, we have paper copies of the Challenge in our office and can send them to any participants who would like them.