Registration is now open for the 2018 Montana Farm to School Summit: Cultivating Connections, held on September 13-14, 2018 at University of Montana in Missoula.
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, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration, ideas, and resources. Anim Steel, co-founder of Real Food Challenge will provide an inspiring keynote address which 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 School Nutrition Professional.
Farm to school aims to improve child nutrition by helping children understand and experience where their food comes from. It incorporates healthy farm-fresh food in school meals and snacks, provides increased opportunity for garden-based learning, agriculture education across the curriculum, and strengthens community-wide connections to support local farmers and children’s well-being.
This conference is hosted by Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, University of Montana, Eat Right Montana/Action for Healthy Kids, Eat Smart Missoula, Garden City Harvest, Lake County Community Development Corporation, 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, USDA Farm to School, Western Montana Growers Cooperative, Whitefish Public School.