Serving healthy, fresh, made from scratch, local meals in school cafeterias
Improving student nutrition
Providing health, nutrition and agriculture education
Enhancing local economies by supporting local farmers
Instilling a sense of community citizenship in students
Started in 2007 by a committee of concerned parents and community members, GVF2S has grown to become a collaboration between many diverse organizations, such as parent councils of various schools, Bozeman School District Food Service, Montana State University, and the FoodCorps program. GVF2S is a Bozeman-based non-profit whose primary source of income is private donations.
As a parent, nutrition professional and a longtime member of the Bozeman community, Sam is deeply committed to Gallatin Valley Farm to School, which brings together all of her passions. “It’s preventative health, food system reform and community economic development – all in one tidy package,” she says.
Sam is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and holds a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Conservation and an M.S. from Montana State University in Sustainable Food Systems. Her background includes various forays in small-scale agricultural production, youth service and non-profit organizational development.
Erin moved to Bozeman in August 2012 to serve with FoodCorps at Hyalite Elementary School where she spent two years integrating farm to school learning into the curriculum. She holds a degree in Integrated Biological Sciences and Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Vermont.
She has a strong passion for helping kids build lifelong relationships to healthy food and the soil in which it grows. When Erin’s not growing, eating or teaching kids about vegetables, she enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors of Montana.
Megan received my degree in Health & Human Performance from the University of Montana and had the opportunity to work with the University Health Center as a peer health educator and health coach. Megan combines her interest in good, healthy food and behavior change to help Bozeman kids develop healthy lifestyles!
Ali Thornton graduated from the Sustainable Foods & Bioenergy Systems program at Montana State University. She is passionate about educating those in the Gallatin Valley about our local food system and all of the wonderful opportunities it brings to our community. Prior to joining GVF2S, Ali worked in the Cropland Weed Ecology and Management lab at MSU with professors and graduate students on developing sustainable farming practices for Montana producers.
Cheryl holds a B.S. in Horticulture and an M.S. in Plant Sciences from Montana State University, where she retired as the Montana State Extension Horticulturist in 2008. She currently works as the technical editor for Rocky Mountain Gardening magazine and Adjunct Assistant Professor in horticulture at MSU, where she teaches Vegetable Production.
Cheryl has been gardening and growing vegetables in the Gallatin Valley for over 30 years. “Working closely with college students in the classroom and in the fields has taught me the absolute necessity of instructing our young people at a very young age not only where their food comes from, but how to grow and prepare it,” she says. “The mission of Gallatin Valley Farm to School closely aligns with my personal philosophy for educating our children.”
Eric attended California Culinary Academy and was part of the first farm to table restaurants in Portland, Oregon. In 2000, he and his wife Laurie moved to Montana to raise their three children and continue the quest to support local farmers and integrate local foods into the local food system by opening one of Gallatin Valley’s first farm to table restaurants.
Eric believes strongly that “our children deserve the opportunity to have access to healthy, local food on a daily basis” He supports this philosophy by educating the Bozeman community on the importance of our local food system and how important it is for schools to integrate these same practices.
Aubree serves as the Montana State Lead for the National Farm to School Network and the Montana Farm to School Coordinator with the Montana Team Nutrition Program. In these roles she helps guide schools in purchasing farm fresh foods and implementing nutrition education opportunities such as taste tests, school gardens and farm field trips.
Aubree holds an M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems from Montana State University and is passionate about farm to school. “Farm to school programs cultivate adventurous eaters, encourage inquiring minds, and connect individuals from diverse backgrounds to build vibrant communities,” says Aubree.
Barb has taught in the upper elementary grades in the Bozeman School District for 26 years. She is currently working with new and non-tenured K-8 teachers as a teacher mentor and has helped develop several school gardens in Bozeman.
Growing up in a small community in northern Montana as a wheat farmer’s daughter, Barb had the opportunity to put down roots, take ownership of her community and grow a sense of place.As a teacher, she believes students need opportunities to learn outside, connect with local farms and their community, and make healthy food choices in the cafeteria.
Raised on a family farm in rural PA, Guy has a passion for sustainable, local farming and a powerful connection, and vocational drive, to protect unique landscapes and the outdoors. Guy holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pepperdine University, an M.S. in Environmental Law & Policy and a J.D. from Vermont Law School, and is a member in good standing with the State Bar of Montana. He is public interest environmental attorney for Upper Missouri Waterkeeper working to protect clean water and community health. Guy lives in Bozeman where he enjoys kayaking, climbing, skiing, fishing and hunting Montana’s wildlands. He also serves on various City of Bozeman citizen advisory boards where he puts to action his belief in civic duty.
Karin Neff is currently the District Data Analyst for Bozeman Public Schools where she turns numbers (data) into tangible information that informs decision making and promotes conversation. She has an Associates of Art degree in Culinary Arts, a B.S. in Agroecology and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University. Her dissertation project measured the effects of organic farming methods on vegetable production in small-scale agriculture. Joining the board of GVF2S was the perfect outlet for her various skills and interest in teaching children the benefits of eating well from local sources as an excellent way to maintain the agricultural heritage that built the Gallatin Valley.
Andrew Keizer is a Montana State University graduate who has spent the last decade living in Bozeman, Montana. Andrew is passionate about the environment, finance and anthropology. He became active in protecting the environment after spending a year in New Zealand learning from the Maori natives on the importance of being a steward of the natural world.
He currently works as a Marketing and Product Manager at WealthVest and brings a background of sales, marketing and financial planning experience to GVF2S. Andrew enjoys spending time on the rivers and mountains when he is not busy working and spending time with his family.