Six rural districts give Farm to School a try

Six rural districts give Farm to School a try

Six area school districts are currently working through West Central Missouri Community Action Agency to find and purchase local foods. Another 15 are exploring the farm-to-school opportunity with help from West Central’s Farm to School Specialist. State reimbursement up to $1,000 is available.

Join the farm-to-school crunch-off!

Join the farm-to-school crunch-off!

Show your stuff in the national Farm to School crunch off! Up to $1,000 is available from the Missouri Department of Agriculture to schools that buy local produce by November 1, 2022. Help finding and working with local providers is available from our Farm to School Specialist.

New leadership at New Growth

New leadership at New Growth

Sheridan Garman-Neeman begins work this month as Chief Community Wealth Building Officer at New Growth, a rural Missouri community development corporation (CDC) based in the state’s west central region. She will manage the growth and success of New Growth as a rural micro-entrepreneur development and financing organization. This includes New Growth Capital micro-loans to rural businesses and business technical assistance to rural men and women through the 15-county New Growth Women’s Business Center.

Rural Café jumpstarts hometown with sales and love

Rural Café jumpstarts hometown with sales and love

Locally owned and rooted businesses will feature greatly in the revival of rural Missouri as a place where people and businesses want to be. That’s who the New Growth community development corporation is working to support with rural small business development and flexible micro-financing programs.

Video series helps produce farmers go wholesale

Video series helps produce farmers go wholesale

The new Demystifying Wholesale video series features farmer-to-farmer advice on producing, packing, and marketing vegetables for local wholesale markets. It is produced by the Food Systems Program at West Central Missouri Community Action Agency as part of its Beginning Farmer Wholesale Project in association with the Growing Growers KC program.

2022 Farm to Fork Summit

2022 Farm to Fork Summit

Get your tickets now for the fourth-annual Farm to Fork Summit Feb. 22, 2022, in Osceola, Missouri at the First Assembly of God Church.

4th Generation Farm Grows

4th Generation Farm Grows

Local food markets keep the 131-year-old Pearl Family Farm going. A new video series on wholesale production features Mike Pearl’s sweet potato crop. Produced by the Beginning Farmer Wholesale Project at West Central Missouri Community Action Agency.

Region talks small business

Region talks small business

In one year the regional START HERE network has helped 14 new businesses start and launched a range of resources to help rural economies and communities grow. Its “5th Monday” luncheon in Warsaw brought partners together to explore this regional collaboration.

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