For every Regional Plan Area of Focus, we identified a handful of significant quantitative indicators from easily accessed commercial and government data sources. They are all available for counties; some are available for municipalities and reservations as well. The following Excel files provide a starting point for measuring progress towards Regional Plan objectives over the next 20 years.
Food security is defined as the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The following questionnaires are about the food eaten in your community, local food markets, and school food programs. Please complete the Food Security Assessment – Community if you work in the non-profit sector or are a professional in the food service, community health or food bank community. If you are a small scale farmer or producer, please complete the Food Security Assessment – Farmer. Email completed surveys to the email listed below.
The Montana Farmers Market Directory is a publication of the Montana Department of Agriculture. This document contains information on farmers markets throughout the state and who the contact person is for each market. It also includes the location and times that markets are held and whether the market accepts SNAP and/or WIC benefits.
In response to the number of folks that were unable to attend the 2013 Summit because of the traveling distance involved, this year, we will be having FIVE regional Growing Leaders Youth Summits. It’s been nearly two years since the last Growing Leaders Youth Summit, and you’re going to love the ideas that have been cooking since then. The response to this event was overwhelming that this year, we are planning Regional Growing Leaders Youth Summits across the state in target areas around the Flathead, Helena, Livingston, Billings, and Havre. This is no small task, and we can’t do it alone. We need your help to make sure that this event is truly a success, and inspires young Hi-line residents to have an active role in the future of sustainable agriculture and local food systems.
Lend an ear (or more appropriately, an eye) about this opportunity for creating a truly transformative experience for high school students along the Hi-line. This is a request for your involvement in making the Growing Leaders Youth Summit a reality. The task is to put together a solid foundation of steering committee members, presenters, workshop leaders, and tour sites for an event in October 2015 that will build high school students’ sense of leadership and capacity to educate and organize their peers and communities around healthy eating and living.
Below are all of the Liberty County data maps that were used in the Vibrant Futures Regional Plan. You can also download the PDF version of all maps. Housing Condition maps are available below the data maps and the PDF version can be downloaded as well.
The Montana Grain Growers Association works to provide MT farmers and ranchers with market and industry statistics, national and state growers’ information, and tools for business research and development. Online, they provide a Market Manager tool to assess various factors in the crop and cattle industries for forecasting industry outcomes. They also provide tools and information on the new farm bill policies and programs, upcoming events, and network contacts.