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...

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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 have been...

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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...

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FoodCorps from a Principal’s Perspective

FoodCorps from a Principal’s Perspective

Not many principals have experienced their schools from the perspective of a student. But Maria Pace, Boulder Elementary & Middle’s Principal-Superintendent, grew up attending Boulder Elementary and Middle School. Now an administrator, she devotes herself to nurturing...

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Cooking Chard with Kids: Science, Nutrition, and Fun

Cooking Chard with Kids: Science, Nutrition, and Fun

After making and eating Potato, Black Bean and Swiss Chard Hash in our class focusing on stems — you know, the part of a plant that moves water and nutrients up a plant, and sugars or “plant food” back down — one of the second graders approached me to say, "That was...

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Returning to Regional: Red Lodge’s Montana Made Meal

Returning to Regional: Red Lodge’s Montana Made Meal

In Red Lodge, we celebrated National Farm to School Month with a delicious Montana Made Meal! The purpose of the meal is to source most of the ingredients from within Montana; in fact, much of the meal was sourced from within 50 miles of Red Lodge! Lunch included...

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Polson Harvest Dinner Celebration

Polson Harvest Dinner Celebration

Last week, Polson Middle School hosted their second annual Harvest Dinner to celebrate the students who tended the garden this year and to enjoy the delicious food that they grew. Over 120 community members, administrators, students, parents, teachers, and local...

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FoodCorps Montana Celebrates National Farm to School Month

FoodCorps Montana Celebrates National Farm to School Month

October is a time for embracing the change in seasons: leaves turn colors, temperatures start to drop, and days become shorter. But October is much more than pumpkin-spice-everything – it’s also National Farm to School Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the...

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Let’s get ready to CRUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNCCCCHHHH!

From 4th and 5th grade science lessons to our first Crunch Time, the past few weeks have been all about apples in the Hardin School District. Starting off the apple craze, Fort Smith 4th and 5th graders sliced their way to exploring the availability of natural...

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I want to be a Superhuman!

How on earth do you teach nutrition to first graders?! They have been instructed that they should eat healthy to grow big and strong, as most of us were told when we were small, but what does that really mean when you’re only six years old? But tell a first grader...

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