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Ten Montana schools awarded Harvest of the Month grants

March 6, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Students at Plevna School helped grow, harvest and prepare winter squash for their school meals. Photo courtesy of Plevna School.

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BOZEMAN -- Ten Montana schools have won Montana Harvest of the Month mini-grants, including Plevna School, Park High School (Livingston), Cayuse Prairie School (Kalispell), Gardiner School, Somers Middle School, Helena Middle School, Darby Elementary School, Polson Middle School, Napi Elementary (Browning) and Bigfork School.

The Harvest of the Month program, which showcases Montana grown foods in schools and communities across the state, is a joint program sponsored by the Montana Team Nutrition Program; MSU Extension; the Office of Public Instruction; the National Center for Appropriate Technology; Gallatin Valley Farm to School; and FoodCorps Montana.

The grant-winning schools will work with students to implement and expand their taste tests, educational lessons and other related activities, such as eating with younger students to encourage them to try new foods, researching recipes and preparing taste tests for other students.

Each month, sites participating in the program promote one locally grown item, such as winter squash, by serving it in a meal, offering taste tests to students, and doing educational lessons and activities.  Currently there are 147 schools and afterschool programs participating in the Harvest of the Month program.

The mini-grant program is funded by the School Health Program at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

For more information about the program, including upcoming training sessions, visit www.montana.edu/mtharvestofthemonth.

Contact: Aubree Roth, Montana Team Nutrition Program, (406) 994-5996 or aubree.roth@montana.edu