Farm and Ranch

Mar 4, 2013 8:50 AM by Tara Oster - KAJ News

Program spotlights Flathead Valley agriculture

KALISPELL - A group is looking to shed some light on locally grown food in the Flathead Valley.

Nourish the Flathead is working to spread the word about the nearly 50 farms in the valley, and encourage people to buy local food.

The group has come up with a map that gives details of working farms, farmer's market locations, community gardens, and restaurants that have local foods on their menus in Flathead County.

The Fork it Over program will run through June and serve as a fundraiser for Nourish the Flathead, so they can continue the Farm Hands Map project

"The more that people know about all the local agriculture that's happening here as well as the businesses that are supporting local agriculture, the better it is for those local farmers,"explained Jenny Cloutier, who sits on the board of Nourish the Flathead.

"I think it strengthens our economy. It's also a good way for people to find out about restaurants locally that are supporting local agriculture. It seems like a win-win for lots of folks," she added.

Monday's fundraising event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hop's Downtown Grill in Kalispell, where the restaurant will donate a portion of their profits to Nourish the Flathead. Click here for more information.

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