Saturday, October 12, 2013

Celebrating National Farm to School Month in MT!

FoodCorps service members across the state have been busy this month!

Between celebrating National Kale Day on October 2nd and now preparing for Montana Crunch Time on October 24th, we have harvested a ton of squash and potatoes in school gardens, put the beds to sleep, attended FoodCorps State Orientation and participated in the Growing Leaders Youth Summit. Here are some highlights from the first two weeks of our favorite month out of the year!

National Kale Day

Zoe Tucker, service member at Bigfork Elementary School, celebrated National Kale Day with Kale (a 3rd grader), who got into the spirit of the holiday by eating some delicious kale!

Pete Kerns, serving in Missoula, helped Jason Mandala of Garden City Harvest, to pick over 100 lbs of kale at the PEAS Farm to make kale chips and kale salad for Missoula County Public Schools. 

FoodCorps Montana State Orientation
The whole FoodCorps Montana team gathered at the MCPS Central Kitchen facility for several days for their State Orientation. Service Members learned and honed a variety of skills to use for the year ahead. We had a great time learning during a service member-led, hands-on cooking activity and taste test activity in the kitchen. We also took a mini field trip to Lowell Elementary School to cover school garden topics such as garden planning, outdoor classroom management, and fun kids games. 

To learn more about Farm to School activities around the state, go to OPI Farm to School Month and check out our FoodCorps MT Facebook page here.

Montana Beef to School, FoodCorps Montana

During her 2012-13 FoodCorps Fellow term, Lea Howe produced this incredibly beautiful short film about the community collaboration needed to get Montana-raised beef into our Montana public schools.

Lea interviewed ranchers, distributors, processors, parents, teachers, food service directors, and FoodCorps service members to showcase how the dedication of local food system players can have a positive impact on the meals that are served in our children's school cafeterias, as well as the educational environment and agricultural sector in our state.

Watch it here and share it widely!

To learn more about Lea Howe and read her writing during her FoodCorps experience, go to Annie's Homegrown blog here