The Flathead Food Bank’s produce section offered a colorful rainbow of locally grown fruits and vegetables to hungry families and individuals during the 2019 growing season, thanks in part to the FVCC Campus Farm.
The Campus Farm donated more than 2,000 pounds of organic lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, onions and other vegetables grown by FVCC agriculture students during the summer months. Campus Farm Manager Dane Regan delivered a load of surplus vegetables to the Flathead Food Bank every Monday on his lunch break.
“I knew that food banks suffer from not having enough fresh produce,” Regan said. “It just became part of my weekly routine.”
The Campus Farm serves as a hands-on laboratory for FVCC’s Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems Associate of Applied Science degree program, which prepares students to develop and manage their own farm business or have careers in agriculture and horticultural science. Under the direction of Agriculture Professor Dr. Heather Estrada, students learn the fundamentals of integrating crop and livestock production principles to create sustainable farming and food systems.
In addition to donating surplus crops to the food bank, the Campus Farm supplies healthy produce to the college’s cafeteria and Early Childhood Center, ensuring that every FVCC student… from the very youngest to the most senior… has access to fresh, locally grown organic vegetables.
Read more about the collaboration in an article written by Mackenzie Reiss featured in the Daily Inter Lake on October 22, 2019.