New! Montana Farm to School Summit March 2016
Register today for the Montana Farm to School Summit held on September 22 and 23,
2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman. Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the
core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition,
agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities
will provide inspiration and skill building. The conference features Montana champions
as well as Chef Ann Cooper, a renown food service professional and the founder of
Chef Ann Foundation.
All individuals interested in farm to school programs are encouraged to attend including school food service, teachers, school administrators, food producers, preschool and childcare providers, parents, community members, and support organizations.
Learn more or register online.
New! Coming Soon: Montana Harvest of the Month March 2016
After twelve sites throughout Montana participated in a pilot of the new Montana Harvest of the Month program for a year, the program is being prepared for launch to all K-12 schools and afterschool programs in Montana! The Montana Harvest of the Month program showcases
Montana-grown foods in our schools and communities. This project is a collaboration between the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University Extension, Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and FoodCorps Montana. Each month, the schools participating in the pilot focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in a meal, offering taste tests to students, and doing educational lessons and activities surrounding both the nutritional and agricultural aspects of the food. The program is an effective framework to start or grow farm to school practices and also cultivates meaningful connections throughout a school from the classroom to cafeteria and beyond!
Participating schools will receive beautiful posters, handouts (classroom, cafeteria, and home), additional signage, and access to guides and resources to make the program as easy as possible. If your school is interested visit the Montana Harvest of the Month page to register for the program for the 2016-2017 school year.