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The Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition (PCFC) strengthens the health and vibrancy of the Palouse-Clearwater Food System and increases the production, distribution, and consumption of locally grown food and agriculture products.
The Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition (PCFC) strengthens the health and vibrancy of the Palouse-Clearwater Food System and increases the production, distribution, and consumption of locally grown food and agriculture products. We were founded in 2011 by a group of University of Idaho Extension professionals and non-profit partners conducting agricultural education programs and research in Latah County, Idaho. As the need for small-scale agriculture and food systems support grown, we have stepped in to bring representatives from regional and community organizations, institutions, agencies, non-profits, and retail businesses together to grow awareness and connectedness to our local food system.

The annual Food Summit is our major initiative in the region to bring all members of the food system together.

Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition also fulfills its mission by:

  • Fostering communication and collaboration between individuals, businesses, and organizations working in the food and agriculture sector.
  • Developing and sharing information about model projects, programs and funding revenue services.
  • Providing feedback and insight to private and public entrepreneurs exploring programs and enterprise development.
    Informing policy development and decisions.
  • Identifying and communicating ways in which organizations and policies could provide opportunities for enhancing the Palouse-Clearwater food and agriculture community.
  • Networking and outreach to wider local food community, public food coalitions
  • Strengthening the local food economy as a means of economic development.

The Palouse-Clearwater region covers a nine-country area.  This includes six Idaho counties (Benewah, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho) and three Washington counties (Whitman, Asotin, and Garfield).

Colette DePhelps

Colette DePhelps

Area Extension Educator, Community Food Systems

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Amanda Snyder

Associate in Community Food Systems & Small Farms

The PCFC is a non-profit organization who relies on memberships and donations to continue this work.

Pledge to make a difference in our community!