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How Salmon Enterprises, a Local Farm, is Growing their Food Business

How Salmon Enterprises, a Local Farm, is Growing their Food Business

June 17, 2024
They knew selling beef directly to neighbors and other people was possible, but the connections made through New Growth connected them with buyers they might not have thought of on their own.
Tending the Business of Local Food: Connecting Local Farms to Local Plates

Tending the Business of Local Food: Connecting Local Farms to Local Plates

May 17, 2024
New Growth works with entrepreneurs to pursue growing demand for food that does not travel thousands of miles from farm to plate. Though our partnership with the new five-state Heartland Food Business Center, we can provide industry specific support to food and farm entrepreneurs.
2024 Farm to Fork Summit & Expo

2024 Farm to Fork Summit & Expo

November 8, 2023
The Farm to Fork Summit & Expo is a full day of meeting and learning from farmers, food buyers, and other people and organizations interested in regenerative agriculture, building local food and farm business opportunity, and making sure everyone eats well.
Build Farm to School with New Missouri Funding

Build Farm to School with New Missouri Funding

August 29, 2023
A $1.25 million Local Food for Schools grant to Missouri from the federal government will flow directly to schools that apply for the opportunity to plan and implement local food purchasing over an 18-month period starting this fall.
New Growth to Co-lead Five-State Foods Center

New Growth to Co-lead Five-State Foods Center

May 3, 2023
Rural Missouri community development corporation New Growth will co-lead the new Heartland Regional Foods Business Center with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) through a $25 million cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Flower Power: What Small Shops Tell Us About Rural Revival

Flower Power: What Small Shops Tell Us About Rural Revival

January 5, 2023
Every local business is an asset from which new growth can emerge if we tend to the power of microenterprises, like micro-organisms in soil, to support new life. This is the essence of our mission at New Growth CDC.
Conservation Help for Your Farm: Apply Now!

Conservation Help for Your Farm: Apply Now!

December 1, 2022
Applications are open now for a free year of mentorship in Climate Smart farm conservation practices. Participants will receive 25 hours of one-one-one assistance from a team of experienced farmers who offer a broad spectrum of expertise.
Six rural districts give Farm to School a try

Six rural districts give Farm to School a try

August 29, 2022
Six area school districts are currently working through West Central Missouri Community Action Agency to find and purchase local foods. Another 15 are exploring the farm-to-school opportunity with help from West Central’s Farm to School Specialist. State reimbursement up to $1,000 is available.
Join the farm-to-school crunch-off!

Join the farm-to-school crunch-off!

August 10, 2022
Show your stuff in the national Farm to School crunch off! Up to $1,000 is available from the Missouri Department of Agriculture to schools that buy local produce by November 1, 2022. Help finding and working with local providers is available from our Farm to School Specialist.
Video series helps produce farmers go wholesale

Video series helps produce farmers go wholesale

June 15, 2022
The new Demystifying Wholesale video series features farmer-to-farmer advice on producing, packing, and marketing vegetables for local wholesale markets. It is produced by the Food Systems Program at West Central Missouri Community Action Agency as part of its Beginning Farmer Wholesale Project in association with the Growing Growers KC program.
Double Up Food Bucks at area farmers’ markets

Double Up Food Bucks at area farmers’ markets

May 12, 2021
Strawberries are here! And again this year, friends, family, and neighbors with limited budgets will be able to take locally produced fruits and vegetables home with them thanks to the Double Up Food Bucks Program. Seven farmers’ markets in west central Missouri participate. They are part of a national wave of communities adopting the Double Up Food Bucks approach to helping families, farmers, and communities grow healthy.
Conversation with Food Systems Director Katie Nixon

Conversation with Food Systems Director Katie Nixon

April 12, 2021
Katie Nixon is a farmer and a leader in the good food movement as Food Systems Director at West Central Missouri Community Action Agency. Backroad Production’s IN FOCUS podcast recently featured a conversation with Katie about several regional food and farm development initiatives, including her work with the New Growth community development corporation team.