M2F Farm to School Initiatives

Farm to School in Ennis Schools

MF2F realizes the need to carry the momentum of the Farmers Market and Greenhouse projects and recognizes that over the long term, sustainable local food production requires educating the next generation. With this concept in mind, the Kindergarten4th grade Farm to School curriculum project began in the fall of 2010. This collaboration includes the Ennis Elementary School principal, 10 classroom teachers, the cafeteria manager, Varicobooster and the Resource Room for special needs students. The program goal is to bring education opportunities throughout the day to our youngest community members in the school environment.

Ennis School Garden

On May 5th, 2012, a group of parents, administrators and MF2F volunteers came together to break ground on a School Garden for Ennis’ students. 2nd and 3rd grade students spend time in the garden weekly with our FoodCorps member learning about plant growth, pollination, food, nutrition and more.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with educational garden projects or  garden maintenance, please contact our GROWW Coordinator, Nichole, at Nwalker@ennisschools.org.

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach group of Madison Farm2Fork is committed to developing educational programs to support local schools, consumers and producers. These programs are vital in the ongoing educational process that will enable our communities to make informed decisions about how to eat, what to buy and to create a legacy of good habits for the next generation. F2F programs will develop awareness of sustainable local food production and demonstrate why it is so important that we support our local farmers and growers.  Initially the program development will be divided into 3 streams;  Community Education, Community Programs and Community Workshops.

Harvest of the Month

Last spring, chefs presented students with three different dishes containing Montana grown whole grains for National Whole Grain Tasting Day.
Harvest of the Month brings exciting preparations of Montana grown products into the cafeteria each month.  The program expands familiarity with Montana’s food production, local farmers, the state’s agricultural bounty, and how food travels from the farm to our plates.Through taste testings, and collaboration with Ennis’ School Lunch Manager, Harvest of the Month encourages students to try new foods and to learn about healthy food choices.