Our Story

 

We see a future where all Park County communities have a deep and meaningful connection to food and where it comes from

A well-tended tale with simple roots and spectacular results

In 2008, a group of local parents, educators and community partners came together to express their interest in building a farm to school experience for their children.  The result was Livingston Farm to School, a community-supported program housed within the Livingston School District.  

It quickly became apparent that the desire for healthy food habits extended far beyond a small group of passionate advocates.  In 2018, Farm to School of Park County was established as a way to increase reach into school districts and communities throughout the county.  

We are proud to unite with other Farm to School efforts around the country devoted to connecting communities with fresh, local and healthy food choices.  

Learn how we make it happen.
“My favorite things are lunch, Farm to School and singing.”

– Kindergarten student

How We’ve Grown

2007

National Farm to School Network is officially launched.

2008

Livingston Farm to School launches with support from local parents, educators and community partners.

2010

Agriculture remains Montana’s #1 industry. 

2013

Livingston School District receives a $100,000 USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant.

2015

Rachael “Farmer” Jones is hired by the Livingston School District to lead Livingston Farm to School.

2016

Greenhouse to Cafeteria and Farm to School education programs begin at the new Park High School Plant Growth Center.

2017

The Lincoln School Farm opens in downtown Livingston.

2018

Park County Community Foundation awards fiscal sponsorship to Livingston Farm to School.

2019

Farm to School receives a second $100,000 Farm to School Implementation Grant, via the Park County Community Foundation, with a focus on county-wide expansion.

2020

Farm to School teams up with Park County restaurants to provide meals to children during Covid-19 pandemic school closures.

2020

Farm to School of Park County achieves 501(c)3 status.

2021

Farm Fresh Meals program launches in Livingston.

2022

Farm to School classroom education expands to include Gardiner and Arrowhead school districts.

2023

Farm to School of Park County approves a new 3-year strategic plan and the first operating budget surpassing $500,000.