Growing local food and agriculture opportunity.

Farmers and farmland are at the heart of our rural places, and central to a new era of health and wealth. Getting local food on our menus, in our schools, and into larger markets nearby can help us build commerce and community. It’s part of making sure everyone here eats and lives well.

Food & Ag Businesses

Making local food work for buyers and suppliers requires attending to the many stops along the way from farm to fork. We support and connect farmers, their suppliers, distributors, processors and others needed to move local products to market.

Good Food for All

Good food and all that goes with it — friends, family, nature, and neighbors – are community essentials. New Growth and partners work to connect, support, and advocate for people and programs that build good food into everyday lives

Farm to Fork Summit

This annual gathering of local food and farm interests is where west central Missouri builds the connections, knowledge, and will needed to secure good food for all and family farms for our rural economies.


Farm SHARE strengthens farms and neighbors

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.” Good...

Webinar: Feed Communities Local Food Now

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

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

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

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...
Help grow the local food and agriculture opportunity.
Help grow the local food and agriculture opportunity.
Rural living is a community economic development opportunity.