Homegrown Prosperity

We are building diverse and resilient local economies that work for all of us.

Rebuilding Local Food Systems

Rebuilding Local Food Systems

Although Montana is an agricultural state, money leaves the state every day when we feed our families because consumers lack access to local foods at grocery stores and restaurants. Through projects like the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub, we are working to keep more of our dollars circulating in our local communities by connecting local producers with consumers and larger markets.

You can get involved by asking restaurants, schools, grocery stores, and hospitals to serve tasty, fresh Montana food. Contact organizer Maggie Zaback at Maggie@northernplains.org to connect with local efforts.

Reclaiming Coal Country

Reclaiming Coal Country

Northern Plains knows that the restoration of working rural lands and our environment are economic engines. To that end, we are promoting the job creation potential through reclamation around Montana’s coal-fired power plants and coal mines in order to help maintain and build rural prosperity. Contact organizer Alex Cunha at alex@northernplains.org to learn more.

Powering up the Clean Energy Economy

Powering up the Clean Energy Economy

We can save people money, make businesses more profitable, and create local jobs through energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The least cost energy is the energy we don’t use. Many of our homes and businesses are old, inefficient buildings in need of upgrades. Energy efficiency upgrades would save us much more money on utilities than they cost in the long run, but the up-front cost can be a challenge for some to afford. Northern Plains is organizing to make energy efficiency improvements more accessible by advocating for inclusive financing programs.