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NCAT’s First Local Harvest Event a Success!

Congratulations Local Harvesters Hannah Whipkey, president of the Flathead High School Environmental Club, former vice-president Katy Dutton, and the rest of the club’s members for starting the Growing a Better World garden at FHS and for hosting an awesome garden opening party on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Kalispell, MT! Click here to read the…read the full article…

Posted: October 3, 2014


Farm to Healthcare

While great effort has gone into getting healthy and local food into our schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities are also working to provide patients and staff with the best food possible while looking out for the environment, cutting costs, and reducing waste. We are putting on a Farm to Healthcare conference in partnership with Livingston…read the full article…

Posted: September 18, 2014


Mark your calendar for this year’s Montana Crunch Time!

Celebrate Food Day and National Farm to School Month by joining schools, colleges, preschools and individuals across the state as they crunch into locally and regionally grown apples at 2:00 p.m. on October 24th. Start planning now for this second annual event, and stay tuned for more information coming to opi.mt.gov/Farm2School.  

Posted: August 22, 2014


Did you know?

Every day, 80,000 Montana public school students eat school lunch. In 2012-2013, Montana’s public K-12 schools spent $25 million on foodservices. Our schools provide a unique platform for supporting Montana agriculture while also engaging students in educational activities about the importance of healthy, local food. Read our Montana Farm to School Factsheet and learn more…read the full article…

Posted: July 2, 2014


Posted: July 2, 2014


Back in the Big Sky State

Farm to Institution is one of Grow Montana’s main focus areas; returning from the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, we’re more energized than ever, and we hope that you will get involved! Currently, the Grow Montana steering committee is exploring our 2015 legislative priorities, and our farm to institution subcommittee is investigating what policies might…read the full article…

Posted: June 26, 2014


Innovative Policies Support Healthy Kids and Prosperous Farmers

Across the country, efforts to connect schools and other public institutions to local food and producers are blossoming in myriad ways, and this diversity was evident the 1,100 attendees of the 2014 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference held recently in Austin, Texas. Farm to institution efforts bring local food into schools, colleges, hospitals, and other…read the full article…

Posted: June 26, 2014


The beet goes on… Kids try Mission Valley beets

Montana FoodCorps service member Nicki Jimenez has been working hard to introduce young Montanans all across the Mission Valley to fresh, nutritious, locally grown foods. One way she does this is by bringing regional farmers and their produce into classrooms to host educational taste tests. Recently, Nicki and a classroom of Polson fourth graders did…read the full article…

Posted: March 5, 2014


Posted: December 9, 2013


Posted: October 9, 2013