October is Nat’l Farm to School Month!
Come celebrate National Farm to School Month with Gallatin Valley Farm to School this October. We have cooked up multiple ways to help schools and families throughout the Gallatin County participate all month long!
October 13: Join Gallatin Valley Farm to School at the Farm to School Feastival and Chef Cook-off on October 13, 2013 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Rocky Creek Farm, Bozeman. Bring the whole family to feast on delicious local foods, put your vote in for the Chef Cook-off, explore Rocky Creek Farm, enjoy live music, and more! Vendors register here.
October 17 – 18: Are you a teacher that wants to get your students outside, use school gardens as learning laboratories, or teach food and nutrition in your everyday curriculum? Consider attending these helpful workshops offered by Learning by Nature at the 2013 Montana Educators Conference October 17-18, in Belgrade, Montana:
- Creating an Edible School Yard
- Learning Outside the School Walls
- Where Does My Food Come From?
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)!
October 24: Enjoy incredible local food while celebrating National Food Day at Gallatin Valley Farm to School’s Food Day Fundraising Dinner on October 24. Chef Melissa Harrison, Seasonal Bozeman, will offer a three-course farm to table dinner and wine tasting, beginning with socializing and appetizers at 6:30pm at Nova Café. Tickets are available for purchase online or by phone (303) 319-4354. Proceeds after expenses will be donated to Gallatin Valley Farm to School for program and operating expenses.
Wednesday: Bozeman School District will be serving up Montana Meals every Wednesday in October. Consider discussing what is local in the meals and plan an activity that incorporates those foods with your class. Check out the menu. Not in the Bozeman School District? When are you serving up Montana Meals? Check out the Farm to School Month guide from Montana Team Nutrition Program for ideas.
Participate in the Gallatin Valley Farm to School Month Poster Contest! One winning poster will be selected from each participating elementary school as well as an overall Grand Prize. Eligible entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2013. Download 1. Rules & Information Guide and 2. Registration Form.
Entries and winners of the 2012 Gallatin Valley Farm to School Poster Contest are online!
Download the 2013 Farm to School Month Teacher Toolkit for activities, ideas and farm field trip information. View past year’s Farm to School Month Teacher Toolkits:
Passing a School Board Resolution is great way to gain school-wide support for Farm to School Month. In 2012, Gallatin Valley Farm to School 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.
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 2013 Farm to School Month festivities.
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