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Welcome to the Farmers Market Portal on the Montana Department of Agriculture website. This portal includes resources and community-building features for Montana Farmers Market Managers.

Use the Farmers Market Portal area of the main menu or the links below to access resources on market-related topics. Questions, comments and suggestions can be emailed to farmersmarkets@mt.gov. Technical issues or questions can be directed to Montana Department of Agriculture Web Developer Ben HarrisĀ at Ben.Harris@mt.gov.

Just getting started with your Farmers Market? Check out Starting a Farmers' Market in Montana, a complete guidebook from NCAT, AERO and USDA.

Click here to email farmersmarkets@mt.gov with questions and suggestions to be shared on the portal.

Update Your Farmers Market Listing

  • If you see updates that need to be made to your listing, please go to the Abundant Montana Directory at aeromt.org/abundant and click on Submit/Update a Listing on the top of the page.
  • Once updated, email farmersmarkets@mt.gov to let us know so that we can update your listing in Montana Department of Agriculture and other partner materials.

Join the Montana Farmers Market Manager Group on Facebook

The Montana Farmers Market Manager Group on Facebook is a great place to ask questions, get support, and share info and resources to manage a successful market. If you have a Facebook account, it's easy to join:

  • Send an email to farmersmarkets@mt.gov to request an invitation, OR
  • Search for Montana Farmers Market Managers in Facebook Groups and request to join.

Farmers Market News

USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

Up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban and innovative production projects

USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects, and these grants are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. 
USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2021. A pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the grants’ purpose, project types, eligibility and basic requirements for submitting an application. The webinar will be posted at farmers.gov/urban.   

Montana Farm to School Summit "Digging Deeper" in Helena, MT August 11 - 12, 2021

Registration is open for the MT Farm to School Summit

Montana Farm to School Summit "Digging Deeper" in Helena, MT August 11 - 12, 2021

The Montana Farm to School Summit "Digging Deeper" will take place August 11 - 12, 2021 in Helena, MT. 

Anyone interested in farm to school activities is encouraged to attend! Attendees will learn and share hwo Montana school programs are cultivating success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inpsiration and skill building for all. The conference will feature national and Montana farm to school champions and Harvest of the Month successes and resources.

Click here to view the summit agenda and here to learn more about the keynote speaker, Mariah Gladstone, owner of Indigikitchen. 

Click here to visit the MT Farm to School Summit website.

 

USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

Up to $2 million available for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2021. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans and they are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture.

USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Office) will accept applications on Grants.gov until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 16, 2021. Projects should span two years with a start date of September 25, 2021 and completion date of September 25, 2023.

A pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the cooperative agreements’ purpose, project types, eligibility and basic requirements for submitting an application. The webinar and more information will be posted at farmers.gov/urban.   

To suggest an item for the Farmers Market News feed, email web admin Justin Ringsak at JRingsak@mt.gov