[montanafood_ag] NCAT Local Harvest Event Grant Awards Announced!

Jeremy Drake jeremyd at ncat.org
Mon Jun 16 11:47:33 MDT 2014

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is excited to announce the 2014 Local Harvest Event Grants have been awarded to support the Grand Opening of Growing a Better World Garden at Flathead High School in Kalispell and the Salsa Party in the rooftop garden at Hellgate High School in Missoula. 

The two youth-led, local food events will take place in fall 2014. Dates and times to be announced. 

About the events and the teams that envisioned them: 

Grand Opening of Growing a Better World Garden – Flathead High School, Kalispell 
The team that submitted the proposal from Flathead High School in Kalispell was spearheaded by two students, a junior and a senior, who attended NCAT’s Growing Leaders Youth Summit in Missoula last October. Inspired by what they learned at the summit, the young leaders formed “The Environmental Club” and set out to grow a garden at their school that could eventually provide fresh produce for school meals. Less than a year later, Flathead High School’s Growing a Better World Garden has taken root and members of the club are preparing for the Grand Opening this fall. The event will be open to the community and will feature fresh local foods, guest speakers, and youth-led, food-focused educational activities and games, as well as a ceremonial ribbon cutting. 

Salsa Party – Hellgate High School, Missoula 
The team that submitted the proposal from Hellgate High School in Missoula was spearheaded by a group of 9 th graders excited about local food and school gardens. Salsa Party seeks to build upon the popular “Salsa Day” event that Hellgate’s Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) club started three years ago as a way to promote the rooftop garden. Salsa Party will bring Hellgate students and community members into the rooftop garden to eat salsa prepared from ingredients grown in the garden. The event will feature youth and adult guest speakers, informational posters and handouts, and engaging youth-led activities including a healthy eating game. 

Keep on the lookout for more information about these exciting upcoming events. 

NCAT is excited to provide support to youth in Montana who are enhancing local food awareness in their communities. NCAT’s Growing Leaders Youth Initiatives works to support the youth food revolution in Montana by strengthening young people’s capacity to educate and organize their peers and communities about healthy eating, healthy living, and vibrant community-based food systems. NCAT would like to thank everyone who submitted proposals for the 2014 Local Harvest Event Grant. 

Jeremy Drake 

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Project and Evaluation Specialist 
Growing Leaders Youth Initiatives Coordinator 
National Center for Appropriate Technology 
jeremyd at ncat.org 
(406) 494-8641 

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