Billings Youth Summit Sparks New Growing Leaders

Posted: November 3, 2015

This fall, NCAT’s Growing Leaders Youth Initiative put on youth summits across the state to reach high school youth and faculty to engage them in conversations about growing resilient, community-based food systems. From Kalispell to Billings, students gathered and discussed topics such as food insecurity, school food, and effective project development and community engagement. One…read the full article…

Beef to School Fall Updates

Posted: October 15, 2015

Fall has officially arrived and school is in full swing across Montana. Teachers are busy teaching, students are busy learning and playing, and at least once a day, everyone at school is busy eating. Meanwhile, the Montana Beef to School research team, a USDA Western SARE funded grant and part of the Montana Beef to…read the full article…

Celebrate Farm to School Month This October!

Posted: September 4, 2015

By: Aubree Roth, Montana Team Nutrition Program October is National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize the importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food. There are many great ways to celebrate Farm to School Month whether…read the full article…

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…


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…