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Sep

October is Farm to School Month!

 

Come celebrate National Farm to School Month with Gallatin Valley Farm to School this October. See what we have cooked up to keep you celebrating all month long!

F2S Month is OctoberEvents

October 7: Celebrate the start of Farm to School Month with Gallatin Valley Farm to School on October 7, 2014 at Montana Ale Works in Bozeman. The evening is divided into two rounds, the first 5:30pm – 7:00pm and the second 7:30 – 9:00pm.

Tickets are $35 per person which includes small-plate pairings featuring local foods by Chef Roth Jordan and delicious beers by Bridger Brewing. Proceeds benefit Gallatin Valley Farm to School!

Click here to buy Farm to School Month  Kickoff Tickets.

October 11: Grab your boots and meet us at Rocky Creek Farms for the second annual Farm to School Feastival Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Rocky Creek Farms a few miles east of Bozeman on the Frontage Road. This family friendly event will feature local food demonstrations featuring area chefs, delicious food, music, kids’ activities, farm fun, and more! Local chefs will be demonstrating recipes that feature farm fresh foods with samples to share!

While you are at the Feastival, you can jump on the hayride and head out to the famous Rocky Creek Farm pumpkin patch and pick your jack o’ lantern, jump on a hay ride, or press your own apple cider!

October 24: Grab a locally or regionally grown apple and join students statewide in a collective crunch in celebration of Food Day on October 24 at exactly 2:00pm. For more information about Montana Crunch Time, including a guide for schools, visit www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School. Be sure to share your crunch byte (video, photos, and audio are welcome) by using the tag #MontanaCrunchTime on social media sites including FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Poster Contest

Participate in the third annual  Farm to School Month Poster Contest! Grab your art supplies and draw a Montana grown fruit or vegetable to express this year’s theme: “Montana Treasures.”

The contest is open to kindergarten – 12th grade students residing in Gallatin County. This is the first year the contest is open to middle and high school students! One grand prize champion will be awarded for each category (elementary K-5, middle school 6-8, and high school 9-12). One grade level champion will be selected from each grade.

All entries must have a completed registration form attached and be postmarked by October 31, 2014. Entries should be mailed to Gallatin Valley Farm to School, P.O. Box 563, Bozeman MT 59971.

Download the Rules and Registration Form or only the Registration Form.

Toolkit & Resources

Download the F2S Month Toolkit 2014 for activities, ideas, and standards-based lesson plans. New this year is our Farm Field Trip Toolkit with a list of area farms and tips for going on a farm field trip!

Also check out previous toolkits:

2013 Farm to School Month Toolkit

2012 Farm to School Month Toolkit

2011 Farm to School Month Toolkit

Passing a School Board Resolution is great way to gain school-wide support for Farm to School Month. Since 2012, Gallatin Valley Farm to School has worked with Bozeman Public School District staff and Board of Trustees to pass a resolution in support of the celebration. Feel free to use this sample language in crafting a resolution for your school district.

More Information

What is National Farm to School Month?

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all across the country between schools and local food producers. In 2010, Congress officially designated October as National Farm to School Month. Students celebrate by embarking on farm field trips, eating farm fresh foods in their school cafeterias, learning in their school gardens, and much more.

Get a communications toolkit, order posters and other fun items, at www.farmtoschoolmonth.org.

What is Food Day?

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24. Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-thrus—and bigger crowds at farmers markets.

School curriculum guide, events, and more information online at: www.foodday.org

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Farm to School Month in the Gallatin Valley was made possible by generous donations from individuals and business in our community. Thank you! Check out the list of sponsors for the 2014 Farm to School Month festivities.

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