[montanafood_ag] The Dirt ~ December 2015

Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative healthyfoodmt at ncat.org
Thu Jan 8 14:58:11 MST 2015


The Dirt - November 2014 || The National Center for Appropriate Technology

                  View in Browser 
           
           
                  Happy New Year to you!


                  As the snow falls and the new year arrives, we want to take a moment to say thank you to all of our readers, partners, supporters, and friends for being such an important part of our work. Between holding gatherings such as the Farm to Healthcare conference, supporting Harvest of the Month activities in schools, and identifying agricultural policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session, NCAT's Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative team had a very busy conclusion to 2014. We hope you take a moment to read about some of these activities, and please know how sincerely we appreciate your support.

                  Warmly,
                  The Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative Team

                 
                   

                  November Farm to Healthcare Conference Brings Together Stakeholders





                  As the importance of nutritionally dense, minimally processed food becomes more well known, many institutions across the country are changing the way they purchase and prepare food. One of the emerging markets for local food is hospitals and healthcare facilities, where foodservice managers, chefs, dieticians, and administrators are looking for ways to serve fresh, local food to their clients and staff. Montana is no exception. NCAT recently held a Farm to Healthcare conference to bring together interested stakeholders in order to discuss successes and challenges in this market. Read on to learn about NCAT's "Farm to Healthcare" conference, which was held in Livingston on November 7, 2014. You can also view videos of the presentations from the conference.

                  On October 16, NCAT brought several of those school food-service staff together at a Montana Cook Fresh training in Boulder, Montana. The training promoted healthy, local food in school cafeterias by providing participants with helpful skills for preparing whole, raw ingredients in school kitchens and turning them into delicious meals that meet school nutrition guidelines (and kids' approval!). Read on to learn more about the tips shared at the Montana Cook Fresh training.
                 

                  Montana Food News




                  FoodCorps is accepting applications for new community partners to host a service member for the 2015-2016 school year. If your school or organization is interested, please go online to learn more and complete the letter of inquiry: www.ncat.org/mtfoodcorps/. The deadline for submitting the online pre-proposal is January 17, 2015. Please feel free to contact Al Kurki at akurki at ncat.org, (406) 494-8655 or Kirsten Gerbatsch at kirsten.gerbatsch at foodcorps.org, (406) 533-6645 with questions.
                 

--------------------------------------------------------------
                   
                  Grow Montana Seeks Clarity, Potential "Cottage Food" Law



                  The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed and coordinated by NCAT, continues its efforts to streamline and improve the state's current patchwork of confusing and complicated food-safety rules. It is dedicated to making these rules work for Montana's producers and food entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more about Grow Montana's efforts to clarify food-safety laws in Montana.
                 

--------------------------------------------------------------


                  Celebrating "Harvest of the Month" at Boulder Elementary



                  All throughout November, Boulder Elementary celebrated apples for the "Harvest of the Month" program by partaking in a wide variety of activities. Montana's "Harvest of the Month" program promotes a different Montana-grown food every month in K-12 schools throughout the state. The program's goal is to encourage healthy food choices by expanding students' knowledge of seasonal and local food while also supporting Montana farmers. Ready to learn about the many ways to get kids excited about local apples? Read on.



--------------------------------------------------------------


                  Featured Recipe:
                  If you were inspired by Boulder Elementary' s Harvest of the Month activities for apples, you can make your own version of Apple Coleslaw, included here. It is also a great way to use some of those delicious carrots and cabbage you may have stored from the fall harvest! While Boulder prepared Apple Coleslaw for the whole school, this recipe will only make eight servings. 

                  INGREDIENTS:


                    a.. 8 cups mixed shredded red and green cabbage 
                    b.. 5 cups cubed apple 
                    c.. 1/2 cup shredded carrots 
                    d.. 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 
                    e.. 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar 
                    f.. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
                    g.. 1 teaspoon grated garlic 
                    h.. Kosher salt and ground black pepper 

                  DIRECTIONS:
                  Combine red and green cabbages and carrots in a large bowl. Toss to mix well.

                  Whisk yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic in a medium bowl until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. No more than 20 minutes before serving, cut core from apple and cut apple into matchstick-size pieces. Add apple to slaw mixture and toss to evenly incorporate. Add dressing (adding earlier will result in a soggy slaw) and toss to evenly coat.

                  This recipe was adapted by Briana Sullivan, FoodCorps member in Boulder, from epicurious.com. Find the original recipe at www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Coleslaw-with-Apple-and-Yogurt-Dressing-51104610 


                 

                  Thanks to the Foundation for Healthy Montanans for its support. 
           
                            
                        Copyright © January 2015
                        The National Center for Appropriate Technology

                        NCAT mailing address:
                        P.O. Box 3838
                        Butte, MT 59702
                        1-800-ASK-NCAT

                        Please consider a donation to NCAT. Your support helps NCAT promote sustainable solutions.

                        Become an E-news Subscriber Pass it on
                        If you know someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter, please forward it to a friend. Thank you!

                       


                        THE NCAT MISSION
                        Helping people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.

                        Unsubscribe || Privacy Policy 
                 
           
     
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0001.html>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: dirt_header.png
Type: image/png
Size: 72487 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0013.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: Apple-mouth-group.png
Type: image/png
Size: 107194 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0014.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: ftcc.png
Type: image/png
Size: 5658 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0015.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: Jessie-Wilcox-presenting.png
Type: image/png
Size: 112533 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0016.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: 2014_2015-FoodCorps-MT-service-members.png
Type: image/png
Size: 96469 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0017.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: growmontana_logo.png
Type: image/png
Size: 8906 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0018.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: Apple-Monster.png
Type: image/png
Size: 70689 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0019.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: FoodCorpsMTLogo_sm.png
Type: image/png
Size: 7568 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0020.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: FHM_logo.png
Type: image/png
Size: 8390 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0021.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: facebook.png
Type: image/png
Size: 445 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0022.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: twitter.png
Type: image/png
Size: 735 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0023.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: youtube.png
Type: image/png
Size: 836 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0024.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: pinterest.png
Type: image/png
Size: 1019 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.ncat.org/pipermail/montanafood_ag/attachments/20150108/39774ad0/attachment-0025.png>


More information about the montanafood_ag mailing list