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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


New Montana Beef to School Film

Montana’s 2012-2013 FoodCorps Fellow Lea Howe put together this video that demonstrates the growing efforts to serve local beef in Montana’s school cafeterias. Check it out!

Posted: August 26, 2013


Montana Beef to School Coalition meets at NCAT

On Wednesday, July 31, the Montana Beef to School Coalition met at NCAT headquarters in Butte to share information about the different challenges and opportunities related to getting more local beef in Montana schools. Twenty-five people representing ranchers, meat processors, the Office of Public Instruction, and non-profit groups like NCAT’s FoodCorps, Grow Montana, and Farm…read the full article…

Posted: August 1, 2013