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  montana.edu/mtfarmtoschool/ summit.html  or contact Roth at 406-994-5996 or aubree.roth@montana.edu.

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  • Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Bull 'n'Bear 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch at the  Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at  Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts  followed by Memorial  Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at kenbeggs42@yahoo.com   *The Jim Bridger Post 1543 will hold Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. at the Bridger Cemetery.   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day. The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m.   Services at the Gebo  Cemetery. 9:30 a.m.   March through  Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.  Services at Rockvale  Cemetery 11 a.m.   Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through  Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come.   Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.
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    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
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