The Art of Observation

The Art of Observation

I have been lucky enough over the course of this school year to work with the same seven 2nd grade classes every week and get to really know my students very personally and watch the way they learn, experience them building on knowledge and concepts that we’ve...

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Seeds and Other Spring Miracles

Seeds and Other Spring Miracles

As I write this, snow is blowing outside my window, BUT yesterday it was almost 70 and a little snow can’t stop me from declaring it spring! The hoop house is weeded, the soil is cultivated, and seedlings are growing in classrooms! My FoodCorps service year has been...

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My Favorite Day of The Week

My Favorite Day of The Week

“What is your favorite day of the week, Kelsie?? Is it Tuesday because you get to cook with us?” This is a question frequently asked by my second grade class and it got me thinking… As a FoodCorps member, what is my favorite day of the week? Every Monday I get to...

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Pig, pig… BACON

Pig, pig… BACON

As a longtime vegetarian, the thought of teaching elementary students that they should eat beef seemed at least intimidating, and borderline nauseating. As part of our Harvest of the Month Program, not only would I be teaching students to eat something that I...

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How to get kids to eat healthy food? Let them cook it!

How to get kids to eat healthy food? Let them cook it!

As a FoodCorps Service Member, it brings me so much joy to see students getting excited about eating healthy food. It warms my heart seeing countless kids jumping up and down in the cafeteria when they see me pull out my taste-testing cart. But what makes my heart...

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Beef: It’s What’s for Lunch

Typically, for each Harvest of the Month, there’s a specific class responsible for the taste test, including cooking and serving in the cafeteria. This month, however, I chose to highlight a precooked Montana Beef & Lentil Crumble, and decided to do the whole shebang...

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Tanning Beds for Spring Seedlings

Tanning Beds for Spring Seedlings

Snow is still blanketing the mountain ranges that circle the Flathead Valley, but with only two and half months of school left, there’s no time to waste in getting our seedlings planted in our school district’s gardens. We currently have six garden classrooms and a...

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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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