Farm to School focuses on three areas of implementation: procurement, education, and school gardens. One way that Farm to School education is implemented in Montana is through the Montana – Harvest of the Month Program. Harvest of the Month is an easy to follow framework that provides educational resources to early care facilities, K-12 Schools, Health Care, and Business & Community Organizations. Registration is required, but the program and materials are free. Each month, a Montana grown or raised food item is featured through promotional materials, recipes, and educational videos. Harvest of the Month is a grant funded program that helps provide educational resources to accompany the procurement practices of schools. The Farm to School Bill, supported by Grow MT, would help schools with funding to purchase of many of the local fruits and vegetables that are featured through Harvest of the Month. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit https://www.montana.edu/mtharvestofthemonth/
Since 2005, Grow Montana has advocated for changes in state policies that would strengthen Montana’s food and agriculture economies. The coalition has since led projects on food systems research, producing education materials, and stewarded policy change to support Montana’s food producers.