Montana Farm to School Month
Celebrate Farm to School Month
National Farm to School Month is a great time to offer up meals featuring Montana-grown foods or take a field trip to visit a nearby farm! In October 2013, Superintendent of Education Denise Juneau declared October as Farm to School Month in Montana! Read the proclamation here. There are many great ways to celebrate Farm to School Month whether you are a student, teacher, parent, food service director, farmer, or community member. Consider the following ways to celebrate:
- Put Montana foods on the tray. Consider serving up these Montana foods from each section of MyPlate: apples (fruit), squash (vegetable), wheat (grain), beef or lentils (protein) and milk (dairy). Learn about why these Montana foods are great for building healthy bodies and minds with these facts. Try out the following standardized recipes:
|Apple Pie Smoothie||Beefaroni|
|Apple Crisp||Taco Soup||Lentil Southwest Salad||Butternut Rice Pilaf|
|Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples||Fall Fiesta Lasagna|
|Baked Apples with Dried Cherries and Raisins||Marinara Sauce with Squash|
- Embark on food and agricultural explorations! Go on a farm field trip or bring a food producer or chef into the classroom to talk about what they do. There are many other fun in-class activities that connect perfectly with Montana standards.
- Connect with your community. Consider hosting a harvest dinner at the school cafeteria or other community location to celebrate delicious food, healthy communities, and Montana’s agricultural bounty.
National Farm to School Month
This site has numerous resources from activity and menu ideas to posters to a communications toolkit to help you promote your activity.
Webinar: Montana Farm to School Month—Ideas and Resources – October 2012
Get ideas of ways to celebrate Farm to School Month from around Montana. Also, find resources that are available nationally and in Montana. Hosted by Montana Rural Health Initiative.
Food Day – October 24th
Check out the School Curriculum guide for this day, put your event on the calendar, and receive your Food Day resources.
Farm to School Month Teacher Toolkit
Created by Gallatin Valley Farm to School, this toolkit provides activity ideas and helpful tips for conducting farm field trips.
Share how you are celebrating at our Share Your Story page.