In 2008, Livingston Farm to School Program was founded by a group of parents, educators and concerned community members who were interested in bringing farm to school experiences to their children’s schools. A $100K USDA grant was awarded in 2013, and the program leveraged this funding to further F2S programming in Livingston School Districts. Farm to School of Park County (F2SPC) was formed in 2017 to advance the original mission and to expand to Park County communities beyond Livingston. F2SPC has grown to be a successful, highly-collaborative community initiative. It is embedded in schools of Park County’s county seat (Livingston School Districts 4&1), provides a fee-for-service model to rural schools and acts as an intermediary for training, support and communication between a diverse number of stakeholders.
What We Do
To deliver farm to school education in the classroom, Farm to School of Park County:
- Partners with Livingston School Districts 4&1 to provide classroom and garden lessons in all 5 Livingston public schools (K-12). This amounts to a total of 807 lessons and approximately 3200 cafeteria taste tests in the 2017/18 fiscal year
- Partners with FoodCorps Montana to provide elementary classroom and garden lessons. In the 2018 calendar year, our education programs have served all K-5 students in Livingston Public Schools and Pine Creek School
- Partners with high school and middle school teachers to deliver hands-on, vertically aligned lessons in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Partners withMontana State University and Gallatin Valley Farm to School to provide professional development trainings for K-8 teachers in Montana
To support our educational programming in the garden, Farm to School of Park County:
- Cultivates 2,570 square feet of growing space on school grounds, including 3 raised bed gardens and 2 greenhouses, at 4 Livingston schools
- Supervises students to grow food that is sold to Livingston School Districts and is used in school meals, snacks, taste tests and lessons
- Farms a 1/8 acre plot in downtown Livingston where community members can join us to cultivate 20 row crops for school meals.
To foster economic prosperity and local food procurement from growers and producers, Farm to School or Park County:
- Partners with schools and supply chain partners in their efforts to source local food items
- Assists Livingston School District efforts to source and serve 100% Park County-raised beef and to meet a joint procurement goal of 20%
- Hosts field trips, trainings and conference workshops on local food procurement
- Assists with school district efforts to fundraise and write grants, including equipment and training grants
- Coordinates outreach to parent associations and community groups to encourage local food procurement