Yellowstone Valley Food Hub

The Yellowstone Valley Food Hub, a project of the Yellowstone Valley Citizens’ Council, aims to revitalize our regional agricultural system, which once met 70% of Montana’s food needs. The Food Hub strives to link local producers and fresh, healthy food to local consumers and institutions. The food hub will raise awareness about the nutritional, environmental, and economic benefits of local foods.

What is a Food Hub?

A food hub is an entity that actively manages the collection, processing, marketing, and distribution of food products from area producers in order to strengthen their ability to satisfy individual, wholesale, and retail demand.

A food hub helps to:

  • Expand markets for regional producers;
  • Keep our food dollars in state;
  • Create jobs in our communities;
  • Increase the amount of fresh, local food available in stores, restaurants, and institutions.

 

Building a Food Hub

In 2016, Northern Plains and YVCC jointly sponsored a feasibility study to determine whether a Billings food hub would be viable.

In 2017, Northern Plains hired Sustainability Ventures to complete a comprehensive business plan for the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub.

In 2018, Northern Plains is going to launch Yellowstone County’s first food hub. But first, we need to raise $150,000. Let us know if you can help! Contact Maggie at maggie@northernplains.org.

Get Involved

The Community Food Campaign, a coalition of volunteers committed to expanding access to local foods in the Yellowstone Valley, meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in Northern Plains Resource Council’s office building (220 S. 27th. Street).

Contact Us

We would love to hear your ideas and insights. To learn more, contact Maggie at (406) 248-1154 or email maggie@northernplains.org.