Notes from Farmer Jones

In just over three short years, Farm to School of Park County has grown.  We are carefully and thoughtfully expanding our programming to some day serve all of Park County.  We like to think about our programming in these terms:

  • Teach
  • Grow
  • Eat
  • Repeat

Here is some information about each component of our programming.

Teach

Farm to School activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning reated to food, nutrition, health and agriculture.

Our curriculum is:

  • Hands on
  • Place-based
  • Project-based
  • Community-based

Our lessons teach about:

  • Food systems — Where our food comes from and how it gets to our table
  • Health and Nutrition — How food can meet our nutritional requirements and how our food choices affect our health and nutritional status
  • Agriculture — How our food is grown and harvested
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics are incorporated into our teaching wherever possible. We also like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math) topics and will add ART into our lesson plans whenever we can:summer 2017 LINKS classroom

FoodCorps

FoodCorps is a national nonprofit organization that connects kids to healthy food in school.  Farm to School of Park County is a current host site for one FoodCorps service member.  We are fortunate that our 2017-2018 FoodCorps member, Michal DeChellis (Farmer Michal), has now joined our team.  To learn more about Michal, go here. Our FoodCorps member for 2018-2019 is Evelyn Mailander.  To learn for about Evelyn, go here.

Grow

Our goal is more food grown by kids, for kids.  Local food benefits our community and the environment.  Freshly harvested food is at its nutritional peak and best serves the physical and emotional needs of growing children.  It also tastes great!  By growing food with students, we help them make connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they see on their lunch tray.

Our growing spaces include:

  • 2570 square feet of space at 3 school gardens and 2 greenhouses.
  • 2 state-of-the-art year-round aquaponics systems
  • Production of vegetables and Montana native cutthroat trout

School-grown food is:

  • Used in school meals, taste tests and classroom lessons
  • Featured at community events
  • A source of program revenue

To learn more about our programs, go here.

Eat

By serving Montana grown foods in the cafeteria, we support Montana farmers and ranchers, direct more money to the local economy and improve school meal nutrition.  Farm to School of Park County serves Montana grown beef and pork as well as local grains, legumes, milk and produce from local farmers.

Mealtimes are tastier and more nutritious by:

  • Serving fresh, local ingredients
  • Cafeteria role-modeling
  • Cafeteria taste tests

Local food served includes:

  • 100% Park County beef
  • Products from at least 10 Montana producers
  • 20% of the school food budget in Livingston

Repeat

Farm to School of Park County provides our school children with access to nutritious, high quality, fresh and local food so our kids are ready to learn and grow both in and out of school.

Farm to School of Park County is shaping the tastes and values of our next generation of informed food consumers.  Our goal is to teach them to value Montana’s unique ecosystem and agricultural history.

To read our Fall 2018 Newsletter, click on the link below:

Fall 2018 Report

 

Contact Us

To learn more about Farm to School of Park County, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.