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Grow Montana, contact:
Stephanie Potts
Grow Montana Coordinator
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59701
(734) 476-7353

Current Project Sites

21st Century Learning Program, Boulder Elementary School
Using a network of donated garden space, kids in after-school and summer programs here already produce a bounty of fresh foods for local families, fellow students, and for after-school cooking classes. Some of the produce is sold at Boulder Farmer's Market and the local grocery store, proceeds from which support future programming. The gardens serve as a popular outdoor classroom for adults and kids alike, and this year will expand into a small section of playground for a season-extending greenhouse. The FoodCorps member in Boulder will help expand the school garden efforts into a school-wide initiative, where what children learn about healthy eating in the garden and greenhouse is reinforced in the cafeteria and the classroom.

FoodCorps Contact: Lea Howe,

Site Supervisor: Rochelle Hesford,

Madison Farm to Fork (F2F)
Located in Ennis, Montana, Madison Farm to Fork's volunteer-driven programs include the Madison Farm to Fork Farmers' Market, the Geothermal Greenhouse Project, and Farm to School, a collaboration which includes the Ennis Elementary School principal, 10 classroom teachers, the cafeteria manager, and the Resource Room for special needs students. F2F volunteers have completed over 10 projects with kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms, ranging from art to science, and featured a monthly food product in the cafeteria to coincide with classroom curriculum. FoodCorps member Natasha Hegmann will take these burgeoning volunteer efforts to the next level.

FoodCorps Contact: Natasha Hegmann,

Site Supervisor: Janet Bean-Dochnahl

Red Lodge Area Community Foundation
The Food Partnership Council grew out of a successful Local Food Forum that was held in Red Lodge this winter. The Council is actively building momentum behind initiatives that include the expanding the farmers’ market, strengthening producer-consumer relationships, developing community gardens, organizing local events, and improving school food. Work in the schools will be led by FoodCorps member Alyssa Charney, who will will focus on on education within the greenhouse, garden, and classrooms, as well as efforts to bring more local, healthy foods into the schools. The Food Partnership Council is a partner of the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation.

FoodCorps Contact: Alyssa Charney,

Site Supervisor: Tracy Timmons

UM Western, Dillon Middle School
In 2006-2008, UM Western hosted a FoodCorps member to create and develop the UM Western Farm to College Program. Now, Dillon plans to be home to another FoodCorps member in order to connect the UM Western Farm to College program and campus garden to students at Dillon Middle School. The UM Western campus garden began in spring 2010, growing 15 different varieties of chemical free crops, which were then sold back to the campus cafeteria. In addition, several community members took advantage of having plots at the garden site where for a nominal fee ($20/year) they had access to organic compost for their plot, drip irrigation, and short "mini-nars" to learn about the technical aspects of growing foods in an organic environment.

Next year the campus garden plans to build raised beds for retirement center residents, a glass greenhouse, and a children's garden circle for toddlers from a near-by day care center. The garden project will also collaborate with the local hospital and diabetes prevention program. Leah Grunzke’s mission as a FoodCorps team member is to connect these campus garden efforts with Dillon Middle School, creating a school-wide initiative where what children learn about healthy eating in the garden is reinforced in the cafeteria and the classroom.

FoodCorps Contact: Leah Grunzke,

Site supervisor: Linda Lyon,

Rosebud-Treasure County Extension, Hysham and Rosebud Public Schools
By bringing our tight-knit community together to learn how to feed ourselves, Rosebud-Treasure County Extension aims to tackle several poverty-related problems at once--including hunger and obesity and the illnesses that accompany them, as well as the lack of economic opportunities for area food producers. To this end, Rosebud-Treasure County Extension has prioritized community-based food systems since 2009, managing a community garden on the county fairgrounds, donating fresh produce from the garden to the area food bank, leading Montana Masters Gardeners Program, and supporting a local farmers market. FoodCorps team member Anina Estrem’s job is to help expand this effort into public schools.

Site Supervisors: Jennifer Anderson and Byron Hould, or

Lake County Community Development Corporation
Lake County Community Development Corporation's Food and Agriculture Center has worked for the past decade to reduce poverty by providing economic opportunities for area food producers. A flagship of this effort is Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, a USDA/ FDA inspected processing facility, which provides cost-effective processing equipment and technical assistance for area food entrepreneurs and processes local fruits and vegetables for six local school districts and the University of Montana.

LCCDC is also a coalition member of the Flathead Indian Reservation Food and Fitness project, which aims to make food and fitness a community norm in Reservation communities. A collaborative two-year community assessment recommended increasing health education and access to nutritious, fresh foods in the schools as an important and a necessary next-step in improving the health of our community members. Lindsay Howard’s job as a FoodCorps member will be to put this recommendation into action.

FoodCorps Contact: Lindsay Howard,

Site Supervisor: Karl Sutton

Community GATE, Glendive

The Farm to Table project in Glendive already works on community-based food systems through the following projects:

FoodCorps Contact: Anne McHale,

Site supervisor: Peggy Iba,

Livingston School District's Farm to School Program
In a school district where nearly half of all students qualify for free and reduced lunches, for the past several years a concerned group of parents, teachers, farmers, and others have been working together to serve the most nutritious school lunches possible and reduce food poverty in the district. The center piece of their plan is a Farm to School program which would serve fresh, healthy foods grown by local farmers, along with an educational program that gives kids hands-on opportunity to learn more about good nutrition from the ground (aka soil) up. They also hope to add a student- raised livestock component, creating a unique model for our state. FoodCorps member Becky Naab’s job is to help bring school, farmer/rancher, and other community stakeholders together to coordinate and implement the goals of the Livingston Farm to School program.

FoodCorps Contact:Becky Naab,

Site Supervisor:Todd Wester,

Flathead Valley Farm to School
Now in its second year, Flathead Valley Farm to School works with farmers, parents and schools to facilitate bringing more fresh, locally produced food to school cafeterias, and to enhance nutrition and agriculture education in the classroom. They also partner with other community organizations to provide education about sustainable, local food systems. Flathead Valley Farm to School is based at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana, and serves urban and rural schools in Flathead and Lincoln Counties; however, they welcome inquiries from other counties in northwestern Montana as well.

FoodCorps Contact:Katie Wheeler,

Site Supervisor:Janaya Okerlun,

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