[montanafood_ag] The Dirt - July 2013

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                  Welcome to The Dirt,
                  NCAT's brand new e-newsletter with fresh updates from our food and agriculture programs in Montana.

                  We hope you'll keep growing with us! If you'd like to continue receiving The Dirt (about 6 times a year), there are two easy ways to stay connected: You can click here to sign up for the Montana Food and Ag. Listserve, where, in addition to this newsletter, you can receive news from folks working across Montana to build a better food system. Or, if you want to only keep receiving The Dirt, you can click here to subscribe. Enjoy!
                 
                  FoodCorps
                   
                  School's out for summer, but FoodCorps AmeriCorps Members are busier than ever, helping to grow healthy kids and communities across Montana... Altogether, since August 2012, Montana's 10 service members have led hands-on gardening and nutrition education activities with 7,681 children. They've harvested over 2,312 pounds of produce for school and summer program meals, and incorporated 15,593 pounds of healthy, local foods into school lunch programs... Continue reading »




                  Grow Montana
                   
                  In the 2013 legislature, Grow Montana promoted sensible and sustainable food policy, serving as the driving force behind bills to jump-start Farm to School efforts in the state and support Montana's network of Food and Agricultural Development Centers. We also worked alongside our allies to streamline food safety regulations, open markets for local producers, and preserve Montana's agricultural lands. Check out the highlights »




                  Farm to Cafeteria Network
                   
                  Did you know there are more than twice as many cows as people living in Montana? With so many prime ribs and rump roasts roaming our pastures, why are the majority of Montanans consuming beef that is finished and processed out of state? Why aren't we demanding local beef in our grocery stores, restaurants, and public cafeterias?

                  More and more people are beginning to ask this question, including a recently formed Montana Beef to School coalition... Continue reading »
                 Get Involved with Food Safety
                  You are needed in a public process designed to modernize Montana's food regulations! As a result of recent legislation, the Departments of Public Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Livestock are examining and recommending updates to Montana's food laws and rules - from exemptions for the direct sale of eggs by small producers, to approved sources of ingredients for food manufacturing.

                  If you would like to be notified of the opportunities for public involvement, include your name and email address with the subject, "Food Regulations," in a message sent by mail or email to: 

                  Montana Department of Agriculture
                  302 N Roberts
                  Helena, MT 59601
                  Phone: (406) 444-3144
                  Email: agr at mt.gov
                  Fax: (406) 444-5409


                 
                  Featured Recipe: Montana Lentil Hummus Recipe
                  shared by Kalispell Public Schools
                  Ingredients

                    a.. 2 cups Garbanzo beans - drained and rinsed (reserve juice to adjust consistency later) 
                    b.. 4 cups cooked lentils - boiled for 10 minutes till soft, local red lentils from Timeless Seeds work well 
                    c.. ½ cup tahini (strong tahini) 
                    d.. 1 cup safflower oil from the Oil Barn (olive, vegetable, and camelina oils work as well) 
                    e.. Liquid as needed for consistency (reserved garbanzo juice or lentil cooking water) 
                    f.. Salt to taste 
                  Blend in Food processor until creamy; refrigerate immediately and hold below 41 degrees F. Good for 7 days, or freeze for up to one month

                  Makes: 8 cups
                  For School nutrition requirements:
                   32 - ¼ cup portions (2 oz) = 1 oz meat equivalent or ¼ cup legume
                  OR
                  16 - ½ cup portions (4 oz) = 2 oz meat equivalent or ½ cup legume
                 
           
                          
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