Montana Crunch Time: A Bite of Success

Montana Crunch Time: A Bite of Success

On October 24th at 2:00 PM, students and adults across the state took a bite into a locally or regionally grown apple to celebrate Montana Crunch Time. The annual event, part of a greater movement of National Farm to School Month activities, was a success in the...

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iinníí: The Power of Tradition

iinníí: The Power of Tradition

By Graham Schreiber At the turn of the 19th century, an estimated 60 million bison roamed freely throughout North America. Bison were a primary food source for many Northern Plains Native Americans, including the Blackfoot Confederacy. The precious animal, referred to...

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A Place for Everyone (Even a Squash) at the Table

A Place for Everyone (Even a Squash) at the Table

By Lexie Gallegos, Polson, MT This fall, Polson Middle School garden students organized the third annual Garden Harvest Feast to celebrate a successful growing season and to share their garden bounty with the community. The feast was an incredible undertaking for...

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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...

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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....

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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 — about 1 million...

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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 with how to...

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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 enough, the dead...

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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...

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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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