Be a Locavore - Picture of a plate of local food

Exactly what is a locavore you ask?

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, locavore is a noun for “one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible.” Its first known use was 2005. It may be a new word, but it’s an old concept. Our grandparents and their grandparents grew a lot of their own food, or at least, bought it from the farmer down the road.

Today, the food we eat can travel thousands of miles before it reaches our tables. Some people think that is too far---that food loses freshness, nutrients, and flavor the farther it is from the farmer’s field. Others want to buy closer to home to support local business, choosing to keep their dollars circulating in the local economy. Do you want to be a part of the "movement"? This information will get you started.


Choose Local Fresh From Your Neighbors LogoThe "Choose Local" Program wants you to "Eat Local and Fresh... From Your Neighbor". This Western Montana program helps educate community members throughout the area of the economic, environmental, and health benefits of purchasing locally grown and produced food. Learn more…  


There are many reasons to eat local.   The Local Challenge web site lists 10 good ones.

The “Locavore Movement” isn’t just happening in Montana…it’s a worldwide initiative. Check out the Montana PBS article "Ten Steps to Becoming a Locavore" to help you get started.

The Farm to Table project is creating a local buyers guide for Eastern Montana.

Grow Montana partners with several Montana non-profit organizations to promote sustainable food policies in Montana.  Its motto is "Strenghtening our Food and Agricultural Economy."