Montana Harvest of the Month
About Harvest of the Month
The Montana Harvest of the Month program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools and communities. This program is a collaboration between the Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Montana State University Extension, Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and FoodCorps Montana. Funds were provided in part by a USDA Team Nutrition Training grant, a USDA Farm to School grant, Montana Healthcare Foundation, Northern Pulse Growers Association, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Montana School Nutrition Association.
Project evaluation is led by Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks of the Food and Health Lab at Montana State University. Original artwork was created by Anthony Maughan.
Each month, participating sites focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in at least one meal, snack, or a la carte offering, and displaying or distributing HOM materials. Additionally, schools and early care and education settings participate by offering taste tests to students and doing educational lessons and activities. Montana Harvest of the Month is a perfect way to launch or grow a farm to school or farm to cafeteria program as it provides an easy framework to follow and ready-to-use materials. Participating sites will receive a free packet of materials (includes posters and cafeteria, educator, and home handouts) as well as guides, additional resources, and training. The two primary goals for this program are to expose children and adults to new, healthy foods and to support Montana’s farmers and ranchers. Shown below is the calendar of items.
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Calendar for August 2018 - July 2019
Registrations are accepted throughout the year.
Is Your Program Registered?
Click on the map on the right to see if there is a registered site near you. Contact the program coordinator at your site in your area if you are interested in joining their team or would like to help them implement Montana Harvest of the Month.
Need More Information?
If you are building your team and need more information and resources, check out the Resources page for handouts and additional information you can share before registering. Once registered, your site will have access to all of the materials, resources, and guides in electronic format and will be mailed your packet.
Check out the new Montana Harvest of the Month Best Practices Guide that examines the successes and challenges of the programs as well as a comparison with other states' harvest of the month programs.
Food producers want to learn how to be involved? Watch the Harvest of the Month for Producers Training Video here
If you have questions regarding the K-12 School Harvest of the Month Program contact:
Aubree Roth, Montana Farm to School Coordinator
Montana Team Nutrition Program
If you have questions regarding the Healthcare, ECE, or Business and Community Harvest of the Month Program contact:
Kei Matsunami, Montana Local Foods Program Specialist