Ennis Schools

CITY: Ennis
COUNTY: Madison
CONTACT: Nichole Bailey
PHONE: (406) 579-9199
EMAIL: nwalker@ennisschools.org
KIND OF INSTITUTION?: K-12 School
DESCRIPTION AND INFO: In our small school district there are certainly time and capacity barriers to processing local whole foods but with the combined efforts of Madison Farm to Fork (MF2F: a local non-profit) and the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classes; these barriers are being overcome. Local produce for Ennis Schools' salad bar comes both from the greenhouse operated by MF2F as well as the school garden tended by students. This produce is then processed by high school FCS students to be made ready for the cafeteria!
MEALS: 100-500
LUNCH RATE: 25-50%
FOODS SOURCED LOCALLY: Julienne Beef Strips from Montana Meat Co. Garden produce for the salad bar from MF2F.
PARTICIPANTS: Administration; Community members; FoodCorps or AmeriCorps members; Parents; Students
WHAT YEAR DID YOUR INSTITUTION START SERVING LOCAL FOOD?: 2010
WHERE DO YOU BUY LOCAL FOOD?: Montana Meat Co. Madison Farm to Fork
HOW MUCH IS BUDGETED FOR LOCAL FOOD?: 2%
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY LOCAL FOOD?: Once a week when seasonally available
HOW OFTEN DO YOU SERVE LOCAL FOOD?: Every day when seasonally available
HOW DOES YOUR INSTITUTION LOCATE/PURCHASE LOCAL FOODS?: On-site garden; Directly from producer; Local Distributor or Co-op
BROADLINE DISTRIBUTER: Sysco
DOES YOUR INSTITUTION HAVE AN EDUCATION COMPONENT?: School Garden on-site; utilized for K-4 classes. Farmers & Ranchers visit classrooms. MF2F greenhouse is a field trip destination. Summer camp centered around natural resource education and gardening.
DOES YOUR INSTITUTION PARTICIPATE IN THE HARVEST OF THE MONTH PROGRAM?: yes
FUTURE GOALS?: Increased participation in the school garden by all grade levels is certainly a goal with the first step being seventh graders planning and planting a bed just for the cafeteria. We also hope to have a community funded position that will help replace th

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