By: Aubree Roth, Montana Team Nutrition Program

Farm 2 School MonthOctober 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.

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There are many great ways to celebrate Farm to School Month whether you are a student, teacher, parent, food service director, farmer, or community member. Consider participating in Montana Crunch Time, organizing a farm field trip, serving a Montana meal, or hosting a school garden open house. Many farm to school programs begin with a small activity that generates interest and engages the whole community. Farm to School Month is a perfect time to plant the seeds to grow a farm to school program.

Bozeman is busy with Farm to School Month events hosted by the area schools and Gallatin Valley Farm to School, a local nonprofit. Last year, hundreds of families flocked to Rocky Creek Farm for the Farm to School Feastival, where they participated in farm to school games and activities, watched cooking demonstrations by area chefs, enjoyed delicious local food, and then could jump on Rocky Creek Farm’s wagon to pick out their pumpkins!

montana crunch time logo oct2013How loud is your crunch? Join preschools, schools, colleges, workplaces, and individuals across Montana in celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples on October 26 at 2:00 p.m. MST during the third annual Montana Crunch Time. Last year, over 20,000 adults and youth participated. Help us make the loudest crunch yet! Make sure to collect a “crunch byte” (video, photos, or audio) to share! Register your crunch to download the free Montana Crunch Time Guide, recipes, and activities at opi.mt.gov/Farm2School.

For more information and to download guides and resources visit opi.mt.gov/Farm2School or contact Aubree Roth at aubree.roth@montana.edu or (406) 994-5996.