Local Food in Schools

Harvest of the Month

Did you know that Montana is a leading producer of certified organic wheat, dry peas, lentils and flax? Or that one honey bee produces just ¼ teaspoon of honey during its entire lifetime?

GVF2S education programs teach children about where their food comes from, the importance of making healthy food choices, and the role agriculture plays in our community.  The Harvest of the Month program highlights one Montana grown food monthly and provides engaging activities and resources for students, teachers, school foodservice staff and parents.

In the classroom

GVF2S contracts with area schools and organizations to conduct Harvest of the Month lessons. Students become experts on foods grown right here in Montana through hands-on science, language arts, math, and art activities.  Students learn about seasonality, local agriculture, cooking and nutrition—and most important—they taste these delicious Montana foods! Contact us if you would like more information on how to bring lessons to your school or organization.

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In the cafeteria

Using the Harvest of the Month food as a focal point, GVF2S works with school foodservice staff to overcome challenges faced in purchasing local foods.  GVF2S provides training and resources to help with sourcing and procurement; develops kid-friendly recipes; and promotes local menu items through cafeteria taste tests.  Contact us if you would like us to help get local food on your student’s lunch tray!

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Harvest of the Month Resources

The Montana Harvest of the Month program is a collaboration between the MT Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Montana State University Extension, Gallatin Valley Farm to School and FoodCorps Montana.

Cafeteria Bites

Handouts, recipes and information for foodservice personnel.

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Classroom Bites

Handouts, lessons and information for educators.

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Home Bites

Handouts, recipes and activities to take home.

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