Winter Report from Lazy SR and Muddy Creek Ranches

Posted: January 26, 2016

Happy 2016! The Beef to School team spent some time at two different cow/calf operations in Wilsall as 2015 came to an end. We would like to share some highlights and lessons learned with you from these visits to Muddy Creek Ranch and the Lazy SR Ranch. Please be in touch with your stories and…read the full article…


Smart Snacking: Kracklin’ Kamut ready for schools!

Posted: January 5, 2016

“Crunchy like Corn Nuts, but not so hard on the teeth,” is how Caleb Kriser, the company manager of Kracklin’ Kamut, describes the snack that is made in Big Sandy from Montana-grown Kamut. While Montana-grown foods from lentils to lettuce are making both their debuts and recurring appearances in school lunches, Kracklin’ Kamut snacks have…read the full article…


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Youth Summit News

Posted: December 11, 2015

On November 16th, 19 high school students from Park, Gallatin, Madison and surrounding counties gathered at the Livingston Food Resource Center for the 2015 Growing Leaders Youth Summit to share knowledge about and build leadership in sustainable agriculture and healthy local food systems. Gallatin Valley Farm to School was delighted to be a partner organization…read the full article…


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…