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...

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....

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 —...

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...

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...

Creating Community Among FoodCorps Service Members

FoodCorps has more service members this year than ever before. Our 205 Service Members reach over 500 schools in 17 states (plus Washington D.C.!). We all first met each other at the August 2015 orientation, and in meeting others, I was surprised how many distinct...

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...

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...

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...

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...