The organizations and individuals completed a food systems assessment together with the support of MFEI as the facilitator. They assessed areas of opportunity and areas of strength in the five system sectors and in the asset areas of economy, wellness, environment, equity, and policy. They also created a Butte specific research manual. In June of 2020, they surveyed their population at the summer Farmer’s Market, local grocery stores and restaurants and through online methods (newsletters and social media).
See the materials tab to review the survey questions.
The survey and the formal assessment process informed the Butte Community Food Systems Snapshot.
See the materials tab to review the Snapshot.
At this point in the project, the organizations and individuals involved in this assessment decided to formalize into the Butte Food Systems Coalition.
Here is the Butte Food Systems Coalition talking about the process and Butte.
MFEI stayed on with the Coalition through project prioritization and some initial project planning. The Butte Food Systems Coalition did their final presentation at AERO EXPO in November 2021.
Click on the materials tab to review their presentation and to see some future potential projects.
In addition to developing the snapshot, which is a research-based resource for their community, the Butte Food Systems Coalition members also learned more about food systems. Key learnings and experiences included:
For more information on this project and Community Food System Assessments please connect with the MFEI coordination: [email protected]