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Happy New Year! We wish you a productive and successful 2017, and hope you will continue to partner with us to promote sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and healthy, local foods for our state. We have had a busy fall and early winter, so read on to learn about our work and how you can be involved in these important activities.

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Thanks and best wishes,
Al, Demetrius, Mallory, and Travis
The Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative Team
of the National Center for Appropriate Technology

Don’t Miss This Documentary Premiere!

food film

In partnership with the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan, the National Center for Appropriate Technology has produced a video which details the successes of Farm to Healthcare in the Flathead Valley. The premiere screening of “A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital in Montana” will be held Saturday, January 21, during the annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC). Click here for more details about the screening and the chance to meet the individuals involved in the video production.

Iinníí: The Power of Tradition


Montana FoodCorps member Graham Schreiber had a once-in-a-lifetime experience last month when he joined members of the Blackfeet tribe in Browning to harvest a bison. As Graham writes, bison were a primary food source for many Northern Plains Native Americans, including the Blackfoot Confederacy. Referred to as iinníí in the Blackfeet language, bison also provided hides for shelter and warmth, fat to make soap, and bones for tools. Read Graham’s story about a day celebrating the animal that embodies tradition and the deep respect the Blackfeet have for their land and their way of life.

Summit Action Plans, Other Materials Available

Following the successful Governor’s Local Food and Agriculture Summit in October 2016, the Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition has been busy compiling and distributing information from the event. Grow Montana encourages interested parties to keep an eye on the Follow Up page of the Summit’s website for the latest materials. Read more about the Summit and the Coalition’s follow-up efforts at

summit action plans

Featured Recipe
Roasted Carrots

Carrots are the Montana Harvest of the Month ingredient for January. This simple recipe celebrates their versatility. Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten.

roasted carrots recipe

6 servings

  • 12 carrots
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill or parsley

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole. Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (The carrots will shrink while cooking so make the slices big.) Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Transfer to a sheet pan in a single layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.
  4. Toss the carrots with minced dill or parsley, season to taste, and serve.


Montana Healthcare Foundation Special thanks to the Montana Healthcare Foundation for its generous support.

The work upon which this newsletter is based was funded, in whole or in part, through a grant awarded by the Montana Healthcare Foundation. The statements and conclusions of this newsletter are those of the Grantee and not necessarily those of the Montana Healthcare Foundation. The Montana Healthcare Foundation makes no warranties, express or implied, and assumes no liability for the information contained in the succeeding text.

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