Our Purpose

To build a healthful, equitable and prosperous food culture



Our purpose comes to life through each of our core values
  • Health and Well-being of Park County families and their children
  • Responsible Stewardship of our natural and environmental resources

Farm Fresh Meals served by Livingston public schools

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Students testing and voting on new school meals

“My 7-year old knows how to plant and care for vegetables that we don’t even grow in our garden. My 10-year old knows which vitamins and minerals come from vegetables. All of this is due to Farm to School.”

-Court Harris, Parent

Hours volunteered in classrooms, kitchens and gardens

Students learning to garden and cook from scratch

  • Commitment to Excellence and delivering on our brand promise

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Of Livingston school meals include ingredients from local food producers

Pounds of produce grown, harvested and used in school meals

“We should have been doing this a long time ago! Not only does Farm to School help support my family and ranching operation, but we find pride in knowing that local kids are eating our beef.”

– Felton Angus Ranch

“Farm to School keeps us learning and improving what is possible with our school meals.”

– Michele Carter, Livingston School Food Services Director

  • Respect and Dignity for each and every individual

Hands-on learning experiences

  • Food Equity for all members of our community
“This is the most excited I’ve ever been to eat a carrot in my life.”

– Sixth grade student

“I wish every
morning could
start like this!”

– Sleeping Giant Middle School student

TRUE OR FALSE?

My 10-year-old will never eat beets and lentils!

FALSE! 

We’ve heard it all before, but we’re here for the long-haul. It does in fact take up to 12 times for children to start licking their lips when presented with a tray of beets, lentils and kale. It’s not just trial and error, either. We believe in giving children a hands-on education when it comes to growing, cooking and enjoying their own food. If you’d like to pick up a few of our trade secrets, download our kid-approved cookbook and sign-up for our Farm to School newsletter.

My 10-year-old will never eat beets and lentils!

FALSE! 

We’ve heard it all before, but we’re here for the long-haul. It does in fact take up to 12 times for children to start licking their lips when presented with a tray of beets, lentils and kale. It’s not just trial and error, either. We believe in giving children a hands-on education when it comes to growing, cooking and enjoying their own food. If you’d like to pick up a few of our trade secrets, download our kid-approved cookbook and sign-up for our Farm to School newsletter.

Farm to School produces 100% of all local ingredients used in school meals.

FALSE! 

Farm to School of Park County grows and harvests seasonal foods following the Montana Harvest of the Month calendar. However, the Montana growing season is short and things become more challenging in the winter when locally-grown fresh vegetables are scarce or nonexistent. When we are limited in the garden, we assist school food services in obtaining healthy ingredients to use in school meal recipes. This includes partnering with farms, ranchers and food businesses as well as drawing on canned and vacuum sealed foods from prior harvests. The food produced from Farm to School gardens are only – and uniquely – available to Park County schools at prices they can afford.

About two-thirds of all children who eat school meals every day qualify as low-income and receive school meals for free or at a reduced price.

TRUE!

Low-income children are disproportionately impacted by obesity and are less likely to be fed healthy meals at home, so the nutritional makeup of school meals is exceedingly important.  Nearly half of the students in Park County qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

Only 10% of children in the U.S. eat the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

TRUE! 

We’re working hard to improve this number. Learn more about how we make it happen.

  • Justice, Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace and in the community
  • Transparency and Integrity in all areas of business operations and growth
  • Building and Maintaining Trust in and among the communities where we operate

Impact statistics reflective of the 2022-2023 fiscal year

Our Partners

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Thank you to all our current partners for helping to make our mission possible. Interested in joining the roster? Let us know!

School Partners

Gardiner High School
Arrowhead Elementary School
Pine Creek School
Washington Early Learning Center
B A Winans Elementary School
East Side Elementary School
Sleeping Giant Middle School
Park High School

Kid-Approved Recipes for Home

Are the kids hungry for Farm to School recipes? Keep them busy in the kitchen with our latest kid-approved cookbook, now available as a free download. Watch your kids as they mix up their favorite ingredients and share tricks of the Farm to School trade with the entire family.