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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.
Register Now for Farm to Fork February!

Register Now for Farm to Fork February!

January 12, 2021
The third-annual Farm to Fork Summit goes online in 2021 with big picture perspectives, practical workshops, and evening entertainment the first three Tuesdays in February (Feb. 2, Feb. 9, and Feb. 16.) Attendees also enjoy 24/7 access all month to recorded sessions and networking opportunities, such as discussion boards and exhibitor spaces. A mobile app lets attendees tune in and participate on the go, too.
Farm SHARE strengthens farms and neighbors

Farm SHARE strengthens farms and neighbors

June 30, 2020
Raydonna Biles makes lunch for her son every day. It keeps them both healthy. “I cook better for him than I would for myself alone. … Last time I went to the doctor, the doctor said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing.’ My blood sugar was down. I’d lost weight.”
Webinar: Feed Communities Local Food Now

Webinar: Feed Communities Local Food Now

April 29, 2020
A perfect storm of food needs during the Covid-19 Crisis presents west central Missouri with an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen local people and places with farm fresh foods. The free webinar Feed Communities Local Food Now is designed to help west central...
Webinar: Take Your Local Food Online

Webinar: Take Your Local Food Online

April 16, 2020
Local food farmer Katie Nixon is thankful, during this Covid-19 market upheaval, that she and her husband had put time into setting up an online ordering system. It has become critical for marketing the organic fruit, vegetables, and bedding plants they produce at...
Veggie boxes build health and local economy

Veggie boxes build health and local economy

January 7, 2020
Local farms and organizations partner up to build up farm to fork connections Putting farmers who grow fruits and vegetables together with people who want and need healthy food makes a lot of sense to Noel McKay. He is Social Service Coordinator with the national,...
Local Food to Grow with New Business Support

Local Food to Grow with New Business Support

December 11, 2019
Helping area farms grow their businesses in local and regional food markets is the focus of a three-year, $500,000 USDA Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grant just awarded to the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (West Central) food systems program. The...
Here comes Farm to Fork Summit 2020!

Here comes Farm to Fork Summit 2020!

September 11, 2019
THIS EVENT HAS ENDED. VIEW THE CURRENT FARM TO FORK SUMMIT & EXPO EVENT HERE. Calling farmers, eaters, doctors, grocers, mayors, and more! The Farm to Fork Summit offers inspiration, contacts, and practical steps for building health and wealth with local food....