[montanafood_ag] Farm to Cafeteria Monthly Update- Youth Summit registration open!

Nancy Moore nancym at ncat.org
Mon Aug 12 13:01:19 MDT 2013

Hi there, 

This month Farm to Cafeteria Network has several exciting updates to announce, so make sure you're sitting down... 

    1. Growing Leaders Youth Summit October 6-8 in Missoula: Registration is open! The theme of our first Youth Summit is "Diversifying the Future of Food," and will feature young innovators from California, Massachusetts, and our very own Montana speaking about the importance of youth leadership in developing healthy, local, and fair food systems. The event is open to 150 high school students and educators (teachers will receive up to 13 OPI renewal units). Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $65/person if you register by September 5; $85 if you register between September 6 - 20. Cost covers delicious local food, lodging, tours and workshops. For more information about this exciting opportunity and to register, visit www.farmtocafeteria.ncat.org 
    2. It's here - just in time for fall harvest! The long-awaited Farm to Cafeteria Manual for Montana is a how-to guide for farmers, ranchers, foodservice directors, and community leaders interested in starting or exanding a farm to cafeteria program in an institution near you. Not sure what policies support local purchasing and how? Want to know the best ways to comply with food safety regulations? Wondering which model of farm to cafeteria will be best for your institution? This manual is for you! You can download the pdf on our website or email nancym at ncat.org to request a print version. 
    3. The Montana Beef to School Coalition had a full-day meeting o n July 31st, with twenty-five people gathering at NCAT in Butte to discuss how the newly-formed Montana Beef to School Coalition can promote healthy communities, healthy children, and strong local economies by promoting local beef in Montana's school lunch program. It was decided that Farm to Cafeteria Network will be the coalition facilitator for the group that includes members from the food policy coalition Grow Montana, ranchers, foodservice directors, the Office of Public Instruction, meat processors, FoodCorps members, and several others. To see ABC/Fox news coverage of the meeting, click here and stay tuned for updates about how the coalition is advancing toward its goals. 
    4. Participation in National Youth Summit Farm to Cafeteria Network was fortunate to be able to participate in Rooted in Community's 15th annual Youth Summit in L.A. July 24-28. Program Director Nancy Moore traveled with Jesse Linton, a Missoula teenager working with Garden City Harvest's Youth Harvest program, to participate in the event that included a keynote by Growing Power's Will Allen, tours of South L.A. farms that strive to rectify food desert issues, and creative workshops led by young leaders from across the country. It was a great space for us to connect with and learn from the national youth-led food movement while gearing up for our own Montana Youth Summit. 
    5. Dishing out The Dirt In an effort to better communicate with you about our work, NCAT's Montana food and ag programs -FoodCorps Montana, Grow Montana, and Farm to Cafeteria Network- have put together a bi-monthly newsletter, The Dirt. You can find the latest issue, attached, and sign up for future issues here. 

Hoping you're having a fantastic August and, as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions! 
Nancy Moore 

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) 
Farm to Cafeteria Network Coordinator 
3040 Continental Drive, Butte MT 59701 
(406) 533-6648 
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