Gear-Up for the 2015 Growing Leaders Youth Summits!!

Posted: June 18, 2015

Check out these exciting developments in upcoming events and opportunities to make a lasting impact on youth across Montana!! This great news includes:

  • Introduction of Demetrius, the new intern for NCAT's Growing Leaders Youth Initiatives
  • Information about the 2015 Regional Youth Summits
  • Request for ideas for partner organizations, workshop topics, speakers, and field trips
  • Opportunity to join the steering committee for your region’s Youth Summit

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It’s All About the BEEF TO SCHOOL!

Posted: July 7, 2015

Mooove over veggies, farm to school in Montana has a new face, and it looks a lot like a cow. Thanks to funding from a Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program) grant, several partners from across the state of Montana will be working together to understand the ins and outs of sourcing local…read the full article…


Farm to Food Bank: Gallatin Valley Food Bank Brings Clients the Best in Local Food

Posted: May 5, 2015

One of the goals of NCAT’s Farm to Cafeteria Network is to highlight innovative strategies and exciting developments in institutions around the state that are seeking to provide fresh, healthy, and local food to the people they serve and support the local farmers in their area. This month, we took some time to visit with…read the full article…


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WEBINAR: Selling to Institutional Markets: Strategies and Considerations for Montana Producers

Posted: April 10, 2015

Are you a local producer looking to expand your opportunities into wholesale and institutional markets in Montana? In this recent webinar, the UM Farm to College Program provides information and technical assistance to Montana farmers, ranchers, and food processors interested in accessing larger foodservice markets. Learn what institutions look for when sourcing local food, methods…read the full article…


Harvest of the Month Pilot Program Kicks Off

Posted: March 2, 2015

“I don’t want the pudding, I’m eating beets so I can be healthy!” If you are a parent, food service director, cook, or nutrition educator, chances are these words would be music to your ears, especially coming from a young student. This is exactly what was overheard by a school cook in Hinsdale, MT, one…read the full article…


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Help us map Farm to School in Montana!

Posted: February 23, 2015

Is your school or institution serving local food? Tell us about it and be part of the Farm to Cafeteria database. Take this short survey and help NCAT and our partners provide a picture of the great local food work going on around the state.


Montana Beef to School: Five Profiles

Posted: February 6, 2015

More than a dozen Montana schools are purchasing local beef for school cafeterias. This practice has the potential to increase kids’ understanding of Montana’s ranching heritage and where their food comes from, while also providing economic support for local ranchers, meat processors, and agricultural communities. Read on to learn about the various methods of beef to school efforts that are bringing Montana beef to Montana kids.


Nourishing People and Sustaining Communities Video

Posted: February 4, 2015

Did you miss out on the Nourishing People and Sustaining Communities Farm to Healthcare conference? If so, check out these videos! You can view of all of the presentations and panels from the event to learn about how healthcare food service managers, chefs, dieticians, and administrators are looking for ways to serve fresh, local food…read the full article…


November Farm to Healthcare Conference Brings Together Stakeholders

Posted: January 5, 2015

As the importance of nutritionally dense, minimally processed food becomes more well known, many institutions across the country are changing the way they purchase and prepare food. One of the emerging markets for local food is hospitals and healthcare facilities, where foodservice managers, chefs, dieticians, and administrators are looking for ways to serve fresh, local…read the full article…


Farm to School State Leaders Convene: November 18, 2014 Marks First Gathering of Montana Stakeholders

Posted: December 1, 2014

One of the many exciting new developments in Montana farm to school efforts is the creation of a full-time Farm to School Coordinator for our state. Aubree Roth is the new Montana Farm to School Coordinator, and one of her first projects was to form the Montana Farm to School Leadership Team. Farm to school…read the full article…


Farm to School Heroes: Boulder School Kitchen Staff Sharpen Healthy Cooking Skills

Posted: November 10, 2014

Following in the wake of National Farm to School Month in October, we want to take a moment to acknowledge some of the biggest heroes of the Farm to School movement: the hardworking staff in school kitchens across Montana who are responsible for feeding 80,000 kids every day. What a job! On October 16, NCAT…read the full article…