Health Enhancement and Safety


Farm to School in Montana - Full Speed Ahead!

Monday, October 29, 2012, 11:35 am

Over the past decade, the Farm to School movement has expanded across the United States. According to the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), an estimated 5.7 million students in 12,429 schools benefited from Farm to School during the 2011-2012 school year, and close to $13 million was spent on local products in schools.In Montana, Farm to School has been growing in leaps and bounds, and now many schools are sourcing local products from apples to beef to lentil burgers. This August, the first Montana Farm to School conference was held with over 130 participants coming from around the state.

Even as the cold months approach, Farm to School is taking root in Montana. Schools like Kalispell Public Schools are serving up Montana beef burgers under the direction of Jenny Montague, while others have local potatoes on the menu. Winter is a great time to connect with farmers and food producers since they are planning the upcoming growing season. Also, the winter months provide a perfect opportunity for planning school garden activities and farm field trips for future seasons.

Montana Team Nutrition provides resources and guidance for Montana Farm to School programs. Check out the web site: www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School 

For more information, contact Aubree Roth, 406-994-5996