Protect one of Missoula’s last remaining agricultural lots.

Please act today – Help CFAC Protect one of Missoula’s last remaining agricultural lots.

This week, Missoula County is once again faced with the decision between protecting our most precious soils or continuing to create sprawl across our valley.   The Spurgin Ranch Subdivision proposal will have a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, April 27 at 2:00 in the BCC Hearing room (200 W. Broadway, Room 151 Annex).

SpurginRanch Speak Up for Farms – once again our best farmland is on the chopping block! We need your voice this week to help save this vital ag soil.

The Spurgin Ranch Subdivision proposes to put 19 lots on 20.01 acres of prime if irrigated soil (our very best soils!) in the Target Range neighborhood. These lots average .75 acres – too big to mow and too small to farm.  This is unacceptable urban sprawl!

Please contact our County Commissioners by Thursday of this week and let them know that Missoula values our agricultural heritage and we must protect these last few acres of prime agricultural soils.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Send your comment in support of agricultural soils to the County Commissioners at:  They need to hear from you before they make their decision on Thursday!
  • Attend the public hearing Thursday, April 27 at 2pm and come ready to speak up in support of farmland! See the box below for possible talking points.

The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition works hard to preserve Missoula’s agricultural heritage and expand our vibrant local food economy.  We need your help to ensure our success!


CFAC is seeking an intern to conduct evaluation of its food access program

Food Access Program Evaluation Intern

Position Description

The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) is searching for a qualified intern to design, implement, and report on an evaluation of its USDA Community Food Project: “Food Security and Strong Communities.”

Job details:

  • Compensation: $4,500 stipend
  • Hours per week: varies according to task; see timeline below
  • Work schedule: flexible; must attend a check-in meeting once per week with Food Access Program Manager and must be available some Saturday mornings
  • Start Date: June 1, 2017
  • End Date: December 31, 2017

 Job Description:

The Food Access Program Evaluation Intern will be responsible for designing and implementing various evaluation methodology to assess the effectiveness of the Project in reaching its desired goals (see below). The Project involves a variety of stakeholders, including local farmers, Double SNAP retailers and customers, and community organizations, and will require a mixed methods evaluation. The intern will work closely with the Program Manager to develop effective tools and implement the project.

Goals to be assessed include: increased self-reliance among low-income community members; increased local food purchasing among low-income consumers; connection between local farmers and low-income consumers; increased affordability of local foods; increased profits for local farmers.

This is a great opportunity to exercise academic learning, take part in real community initiatives, network with local food professionals, and publish a report that will be reviewed by the USDA. Work will also be used for future fundraising, communications, outreach, and other endeavors to improve and further develop CFAC’s food access program.

Intern must be enrolled for internship credit or receive a TARA waiver. This project can also be tailored to meet graduate portfolio, thesis, or professional paper needs if being used for a graduate project.

The intern will have the opportunity to travel to partner sites in Polson and Whitefish to conduct interviews if s/he wishes. CFAC will reimburse the incurred mileage expenses.

Main responsibilities:

  • Design evaluation methodology
  • Design non-biased, non-leading survey and interview guides
  • Implement evaluation methodology, including surveys, interviews, and/or focus groups
  • Transcribe any interviews and/or focus groups conducted
  • Analyze survey and interview responses
  • Develop evaluation report

 Approximate Project Timeline:

Estimated hours; Subject to change upon final workplan, intern experience and efficiency

2017 Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Become familiar with the grant program and relevant research 15 hrs
Design methodology and assessment instruments 20 hrs 20 hrs
Conduct assessment (surveys, interviews, etc) 40 hrs 20 hrs
Transcribe interviews 20 hrs 20 hrs
Conduct analysis 40 hrs
Create reports 20 hrs


  • Pursuing a graduate degree in social work, community development, community health, food systems, or related field, plus related professional and/or academic experience
  • Experience developing surveys, conducting interviews, and writing reports
  • Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to connect well with others
  • Works well in a team environment
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Availability for occasional work on weekends
  • Working knowledge of analytical software such as SPSS, R, Nvivo, helpful but not required

Position open until filled. Early applications appreciated.

To apply, email a copy of your resume, a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and experience conducting research, and three references to Kim Gilchrist:

Contact Information:

Contact Kim Gilchrist, Food Access Program Manager, with any questions about this position.

CFAC is hiring Summer Vista Associate for Food Access Outreach!

Community Relations Coordinator Position Description

CFAC, in partnership with MT Campus Compact, is searching for a Community Relations Coordinator Summer Vista Associate! Join our team in fighting poverty by building a regional food system that promotes health, equity, and economic opportunity.

Coordinator is eligible for an Americorps education award once 300 hours of service are completed.

Community Relations Coordinator

Job details:

  • Compensation: AmeriCorps living stipend, plus eligibility for AmeriCorps education award at end of term
  • Hours per week: 40
  • Work schedule: Weekdays, some weekends and evenings
  • Start Date: June 1, 2016
  • End Date: August 9, 2016

 Job Description:

The Community Relations Coordinator will primarily work to increase awareness of the Double SNAP Dollars (DSD) program and to engage its stakeholders in the development, execution and outcomes of the program. DSD is a community-centered program that supports healthy food access for low-income residents by making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable (a 1:1 match is provided when SNAP benefits are used to purchase healthy foods at participating venues).

This is a fun, interactive position with flexibility to include creative outreach projects of the coordinator’s choosing.

Main responsibilities:

  • Work with project lead to implement strategic outreach plan that strives to include a variety of populations, including seniors, children, Native Americans, and SNAP recipients
  • Table at farmers’ markets periodically to offer nutrition information and food preparation techniques to Double SNAP Dollars participants and market customers; administer short surveys; and collect recipe ideas
  • Implement a social media campaign strategy
  • Provide program updates and collect feedback from Double SNAP Dollars vendors
  • Report feedback to program lead in an effective and useful manner
  • Conduct outreach and other activities as opportunities arise
  • Collect and compile relevant program metrics


  • Pursuing a degree in marketing, communications, community development, social work, and/or food systems work, plus related professional experience.
  • Junior, Senior, or Grad student status
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to connect well with others
  • Works well in a team environment
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized
  • Proficient in social media outlets, particularly Facebook and blogs
  • Position requires initiative, resourcefulness; experience as a “self-starter”
  • Availability for occasional work on weekends, especially during the Saturday morning farmers’ markets

Application opens mid-March. Apply here:  

Contact Information:

Contact Kim Gilchrist, Food Access Program Manager, with any questions about this position.

Paid Summer Internship at CFAC

Want to help Montana’s beginning farmers grow successful, sustainable businesses?  Want to learn about how to develop new resources, plan educational opportunities, host events, and evaluate programs?  CFAC is looking for an intern for this summer to assist with a range of projects, including:

  • Promoting and marketing the statewide resource site, Farm Link Montana, to farmers, ranchers, landowners and the people who work with them across the state
  • Planning, promoting, administering, and evaluating a series of on-farm, farmer-led Field Days in Western Montana
  • Enhancing business planning curriculum for beginning farmers across Montana; Building teaching modules for use by Extension and other professionals
  • Supporting in-state partners in planning and promoting a farm business planning workshop for veterans
  • Working with a range of partners to develop tools to connect farm and food businesses with investors in Western Montana
  • Assisting with a regional market assessment by conducting outreach to buyers and producers.

Note: you will not be expected to lead these projects, but will have the opportunity to assist in development and management as appropriate. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to assist with multiple projects. Some projects are grant dependent and may be subject to change. We can offer a $2,000 stipend to applicants able to offer 20 hours/week between June and September.

To apply, email with your resume and a note on the project(s) in which you’re interested and any additional relevant information not covered in your resume.  We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a planned intern start date in late May.

CFAC seeks Development and Communications Coordinator


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, March 10, 2017


The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) is seeking a Development & Communications Coordinator to lead our donor engagement, communications and community outreach efforts.  The position provides support to the Executive Director to fulfill the organization’s overall fund development and communications plan.  Duties will include donor and sponsorship cultivation, membership outreach through social media and events, donor database management, website upkeep, grant coordination, event planning and implementation. The coordinator will actively work to build a solid relationship with community organizations, businesses, and individual supporters.

More information about our programs is on our website This position is a full-time, year-round position that reports directly to the Executive Director.

CFAC’s mission is to develop and strengthen Missoula County’s food system: promoting sustainable agriculture; building regional self-reliance; and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food.  CFAC facilitates dialogue, education, and collaboration within the community, encouraging creative problem-solving and proactive policy advocacy.  It is essential for all staff, including the Development & Communications Coordinator, to whole-heartedly embrace this vision and grassroots approach.  As a small organization with a holistic mission, staff contributes to projects across the organization, regardless of their job titles.



Assist the Executive Director in implementing the fundraising and community outreach plan including:

  • Meeting with donors and communicating with them on a regular basis
  • Maintaining and updating the donor management database
  • Assisting program staff and the ED with grant tracking and reporting


Facilitate and execute CFAC’s communication needs including:

  • Maintaining and updating the website
  • Managing and creating social media
  • Working with traditional media (print, TV and radio)
  • Organizing events to educate and update CFAC members
  • Producing and sending newsletters and action alerts to CFAC members


  • In-depth experience with traditional and social media, website maintenance and community outreach
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven project management skills and the ability to work independently, take initiative, meet deadlines, and relate cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of stakeholders, staff and volunteers
  • Solid computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, donor database software
  • Confident, professional, and demonstrated passion for our mission
  • Optimistic, positive and charismatic disposition
  • College degree and/or graduate degree preferred


This is a full-time position.  Depending on experience, the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator will earn $32,000-34,000 per year, plus a generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick days, and health insurance.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Bonnie Buckingham at

The deadline for applications is March 10, 2017, however, the position will remain open until filled.