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What is the Montana Food Economy Initiative?
The Montana Food Economy Initiative supports the development of a regional food economy through the use of values-based supply chains and information sharing. The forum will bring together people involved in all aspects of the food supply chain, from field to fork, to build collaborative partnerships and strengthen communication through regional groups and issue-specific working groups.
By supporting the movement of food through supply chains, the Initiative is:
- helping farmers access reliable markets and receive fair prices;
- developing additional capacity to process food;
- encouraging land preservation and sustainable farming methods;
- and ensuring all people, no matter where they live or their income level, have access to high-quality, locally-produced foods.
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Thoughts on Building a Solar Chicken Coop?
My husband and I are looking at replacing extension cords with solar for our chicken coop. It’s a free-standing, small coop averaging 15 layers in Clancy, and we need heat lamps and water warmers to be powered.
Does anyone out there have ideas for us? I haven’t even started googling it yet, because I thought I would start with the experts.
If you have personal experience with this, or have suggestions, can you please let me know? Much appreciated!!
Can you sell Kombucha at a Farmer’s Market?
Answer (from Ed Evenson DPHHS):
There are some kombucha manufacturers selling at Farmers’ Markets but they do so under a retail food license. Kombucha does not fall under the Farmers’ Market exemptions. Fermented products are not included because in this case they create alcohol and need to have some oversight to make sure they don’t exceed the ATF standards for being an alcoholic drink.
In the 2016 Farmer’s Market Guidelines, there is a list of approved items along with proper labeling instructions.
Contact your local county sanitarian (Laura Hendley Registered Sanitarian @ 447-8352 for L&C County) to begin the review process.