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While we wait for spring to truly arrive, we are taking stock of the good work achieved during the winter. Read on to learn about local foods work, energy efficiency efforts, and more.

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Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day!

Our FoodCorps and Energy Corps AmeriCorps members plan to celebrate Earth Day with volunteer service, and invite others to volunteer as well. In Red Lodge, Energy Corps members and the local Parks Board plan to clean up the city parks, and will host a block party after the clean up. For more information contact Kathryn Eklund, energycorps@cityofredlodge.com, 307-620-1778. In Butte, FoodCorps member Courtney Nucito is planning two days of clean-up and garden preparation at Whittier Elementary School in Butte. Volunteers are needed on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. For more information, contact Courtney at courtney.nucito@foodcorps.org, 406-491-2642.


Bringing Local Food to Little Eaters

Head Start Kids relaese Lady Bugs

Eight early childcare centers across the state are participating in the new Montana Harvest of the Month program. Each month, participating early care and education centers, K-12 schools, and afterschool programs are showcasing one Montana grown or raised food by serving it in a meal or snack, offering taste tests to children, and doing educational activities. Read on to learn more about this local foods program.


New Tools for DIY Energy Efficiency

bigsky light project

Sometimes the right tool can make all the difference. The staff of our Montana Resource Efficiency Project have developed a series of energy efficiency toolkits that describe energy efficiency measures and efficiency opportunities for different building types. Visit our website, and scroll down to the toolkits, which are listed by the type of energy efficiency measure. To find out how the project can help your business or organization, call 866-723-8677 or email mrep@mtefficiency.org.


Demonstration Farm Year-End Wrap-Up

winter squash

John Wallace, manager of our small-scale intensive farm training (SIFT) and demonstration farm in Butte, reports that 2017 was a successful year for production and for educating adults and children about sustainable agriculture. Read his full report on the year's activities, successes, and challenges. Watch the website for further information about this year's plant sale and workshops.


Planting Seeds of Wonder

hands in garden

As the days get longer - but not necessarily warmer - here in Montana, our FoodCorps service members are eagerly awaiting gardening season again! Many are recalling the warmer days when the soil was ripe and ready for planting. Polson service member Mary Auld reflects on one of her first garden lessons in her blog post.


New Recipe Featuring Montana Products

Beet and Lentil Salad

Roasted Beet and Lentil Salad

Recipe courtesy of Theresa Cox, Executive Director of A Carousel for Missoula.

Serves 12 as a side dish.

  • 3 medium red beets
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Scrub beets; wrap in foil and roast on a baking sheet for 45 to 50 minutes at 400 degrees. Beets are done when a knife slides into them easily. Cool, peel and chop.
  • Mix 1 cup of chopped beets with sugar, water, salt and pepper in a blender. Reserve remaining beets.
  • Prepare 1½ cups of Lentils according to package directions.

  • Combine beet puree and lentils in a large bowl. Mix in remaining beets, plus:
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • 2 Tbs chopped tarragon

  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-12 minutes or until vinegar is reduced by more than half and is a thick, syrupy consistency. Remove from heat.
  • To serve, drizzle lentil mixture with balsamic reduction; sprinkle with additional pecans and tarragon if desired.


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

A portion of the work about which this newsletter reports is 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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