Cooking Together, Eating Together

Cooking Together, Eating Together

As I wrap up my second year as a FoodCorps service member, I am lucky enough to conclude the term with one of my favorite series of events. In partnership with Garden City Harvest’s Farm to School Program, our team leads family friendly cooking classes in the... read more
Making Messes to Make Memories

Making Messes to Make Memories

Last week after an interactive cooking lesson, I stood back and looked at the classroom. It was full of kids with kale in their teeth, honey on their hands, and shredded carrots that had somehow made it under their desks and in every nook and cranny of the classroom.... read more
Five Reasons to Love Lentils

Five Reasons to Love Lentils

A few weeks ago, a group of Ronan 2nd graders were asked to identify what Montana is famous for. Their list included: “big sky, wilderness and lentils.” Born and raised in Montana, I know that more than twice as many cows as people live in our state —... read more
There is a Season

There is a Season

Over my two years as a service member in Montana, I’ve always wanted to do lessons that utilize local Native American tribal knowledge. However, as a white person who is new to this area and who lives near, but not on, a reservation, I’ve always struggled... read more
Oh the places a lesson can go…

Oh the places a lesson can go…

During some of my lessons I am so impressed, and amazed, at where a lesson will end up. In February, I’ve taught 14 classes of second graders about where and how fruits grow through Garden City Harvest’s Farmer in the Classroom program. Surprisingly... read more
Why I Serve in My Home State

Why I Serve in My Home State

When I graduated high school, I was determined to leave my hometown of Kalispell, Montana. I believed that staying would mean failing at life. I managed to move two hours away to attend the University of Montana, and after graduating, I hit the road. I spent the next... read more
Learning To Love Beets

Learning To Love Beets

I’ll admit it: I was nervous about serving beets to hundreds of students this month. The question “How do I get 5 year olds to like eating beets?” loomed over me during my planning process. While searching for beet recipes, I found that beets were treated... read more
Growing in January

Growing in January

At the Center for Restorative Youth Justice in Kalispell, I spend a lot of time building community, cooking delicious food, playing games and gardening with youth. Despite the foot of snow covering all of our school gardens this January, we were able to begin getting... read more
Mentorship and Healthy Eating

Mentorship and Healthy Eating

“Can we get pictures with the football players!?” This was the question asked by my first grade students when they found out the Butte High School football players would be joining them for lunch. Over the past few months Butte High School student-athletes... read more
Can you guess what’s growing?

Can you guess what’s growing?

I passed out slips of paper with images of a plant growing at various stages of its life cycle. At the top of the sheet, it read, “Can you guess what’s growing in these pictures? They are all pictures of the same type of plant!” The Fourth Graders murmured in their... read more

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Check out "Local Farms, Local Kids" a short documentary video about farm to school and its positive economic effects in western Montana produced by Lake County Community Development Corporation and Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center.

FoodCorps Montana Report!

Interested in learning how FoodCorps Montana has been creating a healthy food environment for schoolkids across Montana? Read the 2013 FoodCorps Montana Evaluation Report to get the dirt on what has made FoodCorps Montana such a hit in communities across the state.



Check out this beautiful video about getting MT beef into MT school lunchrooms made by former FoodCorps fellow Lea Howe. Learn more about beef to schools and other farm to cafeteria programs at farmtocafeteria.ncat.org.

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