Apr 13, 2012

FVCC Farm-to-School to Host Two Events

Flathead Valley Community College’s Farm-to-School program will partner with Nourish the Flathead, Purple Frog Gardens, and Northland College of Ashland, Wis., to host two events the week of April 23 as part of an Alternative Spring Break focusing on sustainable agriculture in the Flathead Valley.

A community seed swap and pot luck will take place April 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts & Technology Building on the college’s campus.  No sign up is necessary to attend the event.  Participants are asked to bring a dish for the potluck.

A screening of “Cafeteria Man” will take place April 25 at 7 p.m. in the large community meeting room in the college’s Arts and Technology Building.  The documentary follows Tony Geraci, food-service director for Baltimore Public Schools, over the course of his mission to make healthy, nutritious meals available to all the city’s students.  Immediately following the film, attendees are invited to take part in a panel discussion with Jennifer Montague, Kalispell Public Schools Food Service Director; Chef Malcolm Orser, Kalispell Public Schools Food Service; Katie Wheeler, Flathead Valley Farm-to-school VISTA and Montana FoodCorps member; and Robin Vogler, Somers/Lakeside Food Service Director.   The screening is free; however, donations to benefit the Elrod Elementary School garden are appreciated.

The Farm-to-School program aims to combat childhood obesity and diabetes through increasing the amount of fresh and locally-sourced food in kindergarten through twelfth grade cafeterias, developing school gardens, and facilitating nutrition education.

Both events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Wheeler at (412) 952-6719 or at