[montanafood_ag] Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative News ~ 10/07/14

Nancy Moore nancym at ncat.org
Tue Oct 7 08:43:10 MDT 2014

October 7th, 2014 || Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative
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                  You're invited to join the synchronized apple crunch heard 'round the state in celebration of National Food Day on October 24th at 2 pm. Read more about Montana Crunch Time, the Farm to Healthcare conference in November, and other Montana food and ag news below-including job and grant opportunities. Enjoy the autumn bounty!

                  News and Upcoming Events

                  October 24th: Montana Crunch Time
                  Montana Crunch Time debuted last October as a way to support Farm to School initiatives in Montana. On October 24, 2013, approximately 11,000 kids around the state crunched into a locally or regionally-grown apple at 2:00 p.m. The event's organizers, the Montana Office of Public Instruction, MT Team Nutrition, NCAT, and others, are hoping to increase the number of participants of Crunch Time this year by expanding the scope to include any Montanan, not just students. This event is a great way to introduce local products into your school or institution, as well as educate people about the importance of healthy eating. Be sure to register your Crunch Time event at: opi.mt.gov/Farm2School.

                  REGISTER NOW! Farm to Healthcare Conference in Livingston November 7th
                  NCAT and Livingston HealthCare invite hospital administrators, nutritionists, foodservice managers, assisted living dieticians, and local farmers and ranchers to attend the "Nourishing People and Sustaining Communities" Farm to Healthcare conference to be held in Livingston on November 7, 2014 at the Shane Lalani Center for the Performing Arts. Cost is $35.00 and includes lunch and tour. To see the full agenda and register online, visit farmtocafeteria.ncat.org/register/. Please direct any questions to Katie Halloran at katieh at ncat.org.

                  Good news! Montana Farm to School Capacity Expanded 
                  For the past year, our Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition has been promoting the creation of a Farm to School coordinator position at OPI that would be responsible for sharing resources, trainings, and grant funds with schools interested in connecting kids to healthy, locally-grown foods. This month, that dream was one step closer to becoming a reality as OPI announced the expansion of the Child Nutrition Education Coordinator position to full time within its Montana Team Nutrition program to promote Farm to School in Montana. We can't wait to see the positive effects of this added capacity, and would like to thank the folks at OPI for their hard work in making this happen. Also a big congratulations to Aubree Roth, who will be filling the position and growing farm to school programs in Montana!

                  NCAT's FoodCorps Montana partners with No Kid Hungry for program orientation
                  On September 24-26, NCAT's ten FoodCorps Montana members were joined by the five No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps members and two VISTA AmeriCorps members in an orientation and training about our state's food and agriculture landscape. The orientation included a tour of a Butte school garden and school kitchen as well as presentations from Montana Team Nutrition, OPI, Department of Agriculture, Service Nation, and others. These AmeriCorps leaders are well on their way to connecting more Montana kids to healthy, locally-grown foods!

                  Growing Leaders in Kalispell and Missoula
                  High school students at Flathead High School in Kalispell and Hellgate High School in Missoula have been busy preparing school gardens with support from NCAT's Growing Leaders project. Read more about the Local Harvest garden inauguration event on October 1st in Kalispell, and get excited for the Rooftop Garden Salsa Party on October 8th in Missoula!


                  Position Announcement: Food Systems Policy Specialist
                  NCAT is seeking a Food Systems Policy Specialist for our Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative. The 30-hour per week position will be responsible for coordinating the Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, a statewide food and agriculture policy council, as well as conducting related food systems policy research and outreach. More information is available at www.ncat.org/food-systems-policy-specialist/ Applications will be accepted through October 26th, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

                  School Grants for Healthy Kids, Due Oct. 15th
                  Through partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg's Company Fund, and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year. Around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support school breakfast and physical activity programs. Funded schools will also receive expertise and people power to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change. Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school's ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives.

                  Teens and teachers: Study climate change, culture, and food security in Thailand
                  The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana is excited to bring an all-expense paid international exchange program to Montana: the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP). The AYLP for Thailand is a unique opportunity to compare and contrast food security, climate change, and culture between Southeast Asia and the US, with a focus on the communities we live in and visit. The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana is honored to host this program, one of only six in the nation sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. They are now accepting applications from Montana high school students ages 15-17, as well as adults working with this age group. Educator applications are due November 2, while student applications are due November 9. Applications and details can be found on the website at www.umt.edu/mansfield

                  Nancy Moore
                  National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
                  Montana Healthy Food and Communities Program Director
                  nancym at ncat.org
                  (406) 533-6648

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