About Us

Our Mission

Gallatin Valley Farm to School connects kids and families with local food in the garden, classroom, cafeteria and community

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

Our History

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.

Meet our Staff

Phil Sarnoff, PhD
Executive Director

As an amateur gardener, home cook, and baker, food is a big part of Phil’s life. He hopes the work being done by Gallatin Valley Farm to School will create system changes that can improve overall quality of life and build community. More robust local food systems help to improve personal and environmental health, while supporting the agricultural community and the connection to where our food comes from. Approximately 50% of our health is determined by our personal behaviors and access to healthy, local food is one great way to impact the well being of our community.

Most recently, Phil was the Executive Director of Bike Utah, the statewide bicycle advocacy and education organization. He served as the founding Board Chair for the Green Urban Lunchbox, an urban agriculture nonprofit based in Salt Lake City. He has worked in a variety of roles in the sustainability sector and was an environmental education teacher as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. Phil has a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah.

Kate Emmerich
Associate Director

Kate Emmerich is excited to join the program development, fundraising and community outreach efforts as the new Associate Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School. Although she was raised in the “Garden State,” she has lived in Montana since 2002 working with various non-profit organizations and school communities. 

Working with lower income families in after school prevention programs for adolescents and transitional housing for young adults has solidified Kate’s commitment  to ensuring that all young people have access to locally sourced food and resources, regardless of their socioeconomic status. As an educator, Kate is eager to nurture existing relationships with our schools and teachers in an effort to sustain vital connections and provide diverse program opportunities for students, grades K-12. 

Kate earned her Master’s Degree in English and Teaching from The University of Montana, and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Native American Studies at Montana State University. She and her husband Kevin stay busy growing three kids, dreaming up family adventures and making new connections in their community each day.  

Erin Jackson
Education Director

Erin is a passionate food systems leader, local food advocate and educator. She has been leading food systems initiatives for nearly ten years, beginning her career in farm to school work with the Burlington School Food Project and Vermont Community Garden Network. She served for two years as a FoodCorps Service Member at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman prior to joining Gallatin Valley Farm to School. As Education Director of Gallatin Valley Farm to School since 2014, she has created and implemented food-based education programs for thousands of students and teachers and has been on the front lines of farm to school and sustainable food initiatives across the community. Erin holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Vermont and a Master’s in Education and Secondary Science Teaching Certification from Montana State University.

Erin strongly believes that our food system plays an integral role in determining the resiliency and health of our community. This drives her passion for connecting youth to local food and farmers and engaging them in growing, cooking and eating healthy food to help them make choices that support personal, environmental and community health. When Erin’s not growing, eating or teaching kids about vegetables, she enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors of Montana.

Madi Mathiasen
FoodCorps Member

Madi graduated from James Madison University, then served in Salt Lake City as an AmeriCorps youth educator for a community garden organization. She moved to Bozeman in search of another opportunity to teach youth about growing and eating delicious and local food and is now the Bozone Ozone Bus Program Coordinator for GVF2S. Starting in the fall, Madi will begin her FoodCorps service term with GVF2S.

Wave to Madi when you see BOB out and about!

Zoey Mahoney
Culinary Instructor

Zoey is a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in global health and anthropology. After some years traveling and gaining a new-found love of gardening and all things “plant”, she decided to head back to school to get a degree in dietetics and sustainable food systems from Montana State University. When Zoey isn’t cooking or tending to her plants, she spends her time traveling or planning future adventures.

Gilly Levy
Bozone Ozone Bus Program Coordinator

Gilly is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After college, she moved to southeast Montana to serve as a No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps service member. She served in Hardin, Montana with the Nutrition Department for the School District. This experience ignited her interest in and passion for nutrition and she decided to return to school to become a registered dietitian. Gilly is currently enrolled at Montana State University studying food and nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics. She is currently the Bozone Ozone Bus Program Coordinator and a Harvest of the Month educator. Gilly loves teaching kids about local food, where food comes from, and about making healthy choices!

Meet our Board

Barb Pierre
Board Chair

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.

Dalton McCurdy
Board Vice Chair

Dalton has worn various hats in the education world for the past 15 years. She has taught science to grade levels 6th-12th at schools in Connecticut, Vermont, and most recently Colorado and worked at environmental education non-profits in both Montana and Idaho. She holds an M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University and a B.A. in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College.
Dalton’s passion for food/food system education runs deep as an educator, a parent, and an avid backyard gardener. She believes in the power of place-based, hands on learning opportunities in order to deepen the understanding of farm to table pathways and cultivate connections and grow community.
Dalton values the balance of work and play and continues her pursuit of this equilibrium by running in the mountains whenever she can and gardening, cooking, and enjoying good food with her husband and three daughters.

Christina Angell
Board Secretary

Christina Angell has a long history with food, nutrition and sustainability. While managing the Central Kitchen at the Co-op, she decided to go back to MSU for a Masters degree in Sustainable Food Systems. This degree, along with her experience at the Co-op and some volunteer work on Three Hearts Farm lead to the creation of Root Cellar Foods in August 2014. She currently is the Sole Owner, operation’s manager, purchaser and accountant for the business. In her free time, she likes hiking, biking, skiing, reading and cooking with her husband and son.

Justin Haring
Board Treasurer

Justin grew up in rural Missouri and graduated from University of Missouri before joining the Peace Corps as an Agriculture volunteer with his wife, Steffanie, in 2003. As a volunteer in Nicaragua, Justin saw the impact that poor nutrition had on children and communities first-hand. He worked with local families and the elementary schools to grow family gardens, plant tropical fruit tree nurseries, and educate the children on the importance of eating good food and protecting the environment. This experience instilled an appreciation for the huge impact that something so fundamental as diet and nutrition can have on whole communities.

Justin has lived in the Gallatin Valley since 2014 and is a local business owner and financial advisor. He enjoys hiking, camping, and motorcycling across this beautiful, wild landscape.

Adrian Advincula

Adrian Advincula is the principal of Meadowlark Elementary School. He has worked in the Bozeman School District since 2005. Adrian is an active advocate for Recess Before Lunch and partnerships with the Montana State University Team Nutrition program.
After working with children for the past twenty years, Adrian has seen the academic and emotional benefits of providing students with healthy food and educating them on the importance of nutrition. Adrian is passionate about providing students with access to local produce and health education to sustain strong academic minds and active bodies. He has worked closely with Gallatin Valley Farm to School for the past 10 years. Adrian has seen the impact that Gallatin Valley Farm to School brings to classrooms first hand and is proud to promote their mission.

Ingrid Anderson

Ingrid never grew up with a garden. It wasn’t until college that she could, with confidence, differentiate cilantro from flat leaf parsley. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, however, afforded a robust food economy- food was grown just 10 miles from the city. A passion for health, nutrition, and access to healthy food led to a degree in Public Health. Years later, while farming in Maine, Ingrid ran the CSA program and quickly realized the grit, sweat and love that goes into growing food. To date, it was the most challenging job, (second to raising her 2-yr old daughter, Eloise). Ingrid believes that access to healthy food is a basic human right, and feels fortunate to be part of such a dynamic community in the Gallatin Valley.

Graham Austin

Graham Austin has lived in Bozeman since 2007, and is an associate professor of marketing at Montana State University. Her research focuses on “strategic empathy,” – developing solutions for real-world problems in user- and community-centered ways. Since marrying an agriculture education specialist and moving to Montana, her projects have become increasingly centered on local and regional food systems.
Graham’s didn’t grow up on a farm, but is descended from avid gardeners and health food nerds. (In elementary school, nobody ever wanted to trade Oreos for homemade zucchini cookies…) She’s delighted to be able to share the joy of growing and eating good food with her own children and, through GVF2S, with families in Gallatin Valley.

Kelly Hayden

Kelly Hayden was born and raised in Montana. She has a passion for local food, preserving open space, playing in the outdoors and educating kids. Kelly had an undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Masters in Science Education from Montana State University. Kelly has been working in education for the past 15 years. She currently teaches 7th grade at Sacajawea Middle School.

Kelly is excited to be a board member for Gallatin Valley Farm to School because she wholeheartedly believes in their mission. As a teacher and parent she has seen firsthand that kids are inherently excited to dig in the dirt, learn how to cook healthy meals and curious to know where their food comes from when provided with an opportunity to learn.

Claudia Krevat

Claudia is a Colombian-born, Montana chef and home decorator. Claudia’s approach to food and decor is a mash-up of global inspirations using Montana-grown and -raised products, and creations from local, talented artisans. She cooks, teaches, and produces condiments and seasonings out of her colorful business, Claudia’s Mesa, which brings a slice of Latin America, the Caribbean and Mediterranean to Montana.

Hilary Graham LaFoley

Hilary Graham LaFoley has been in the Gallatin Valley since 2000 and her love and appreciation for this vibrant community continues to grow. With a passion for nutrition and healthy living, building community, and a desire for both children and adults to take time enjoying the simpler aspects of life, Hilary has found that being involved with Gallatin Valley Farm to School provides the opportunity to bring these together.
Hilary loves exploring Montana with her husband and three young children. Some of her happiest moments, however, are right in the backyard planting, nurturing, and harvesting the family garden. It brings Hilary joy knowing her children are growing up with an understanding of their food sources and she is grateful to have the opportunity to help bring this knowledge to other children in the valley.
Hilary has an MS in Nutrition Science from Montana State University, BA in English from Boston College is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a licensed nutritionist (LN) in Montana. She is currently enrolled in an online program to obtain a certificate of Nutrition Counseling from Cornell University.

Cheryl Moore-Gough

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.”

Matt Parsons

Originally from wild, wonderful West Virginia, Matt moved to the mountains and wide open spaces of the Gallatin Valley in 2006. Matt spent 15 years in the outdoor industry before joining the nonprofit sector, where he raised funds for Montana State University and later for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, supporting land conservation and trail development in the region. He now works as the Trails Director at GVLT. Matt holds degrees in Recreation & Park Management and English. He likes to spend his free time in the outdoors running and skiing, and trying to convince his three boys that weeding the garden is fun.

Herman Watson

Herman was born in Macon, Georgia, but the third-generation criminal defense attorney grew up in Bozeman and went to preparatory school outside Boston. Herman attended college in Portland, Oregon, where he worked in the burgeoning beer market, and has managed several restaurants and bars across the globe.

After year-long sojourns in Oxford, England, and Holland, where he studied international criminal law, Herman returned to San Francisco, where he finished law school, and took up constitutional and criminal defense. Since then, Herman has trained under the legendary Tony Serra at Pier 5 Law Offices, old-guard attorney from the Barbary Coast and long-time defender of civil rights, as well as the zealous marijuana guru, Kali S. Grech at Green Street Law Group. Herman has also specialized in narcotics defense, marijuana law, and DUI/DWI, and is licensed in both Montana and California.

When Herman is out of the courtroom, he is either traveling or climbing the many rocks and mountains of Southwest Montana. Crowning achievements to date, Herman climbed the Grand Teton when he was 9, meeting Alex Lowe along the way, and once shot a perfect game of pool.

Bone up on your constitutional rights, and learn more about our criminal practice, by reading Not Guilty, Always: A Blog by Herman.

Shasta Grenier Winston

Shasta writes and produces documentary film and nonfiction television at Grizzly Creek Films. Her directing credits include the feature documentaries Class C (2008) and Not Yet Begun to Fight (2012). She most recently produced Rewind which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. A graduate of Bozeman High School, Shasta returned to Bozeman after completing her M.A in English Literature at the University of British Columbia. As a mother and a storyteller, she believes in the potential of Gallatin Valley Farm to School to connect people to place and to each other as the Gallatin Valley continues to grow.

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