Registration now open for Montana Farm to School Summit

Msu News Service
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018  Montana Farm to School Summit, “Cultivating Connections,” which will be held Sept. 13-14 at the University of Montana. The early bird registration and discount ends Saturday, June 30. The conference is co-hosted by Montana State University’s  Montana Team Nutrition program.

Summit participants are invited to learn and share how schools and programs are cultivating connections across Montana through the core elements of farm to school – serving local foods, school gardens, nutrition, agriculture and food education. Workshops, field trips and networking opportunities will provide inspiration, ideas and resources, said Aubree Roth,  Montana Farm to School  coordinator. Anim Steel, co-founder of Real Food Challenge, will provide a keynote address that is also open to the public. The conference features presenters from across Montana and the country.

All individuals interested in farm to school programs are encouraged to attend, including food producers and food businesses, school and summer food service personnel, afterschool program coordinators, teachers, school administrators, preschool and childcare providers, parents, students, farm to school practitioners and groups that support farm to school efforts. Continuing education units will be available through Early Childhood Project, OPI Teacher and OPI School Nutrition Professional.

Farm to school programs aim to improve child nutrition by helping children understand and experience where their food comes from, Roth said. They incorporate healthy, farm-fresh food in school meals and snacks; provide increased opportunity for garden-based learning, agriculture education across the curriculum; and strengthen community-wide connections to support local farmers and children’s wellbeing.

Additional conference co-hosts are Eat Right Montana/Action for Healthy Kids, Eat Smart Missoula, Garden City Harvest, Lake County Community Development Corp., Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Food Bank Network, Montana FoodCorps, MSU Extension, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network, Office of Public Instruction, UM Dining, USDA Farm to School, Western Montana Growers Cooperative and Whitefish Public School.

For more information and to register visit summit.html  or contact Roth at 406-994-5996 or