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NCAT's brand new e-newsletter with fresh updates from our food and agriculture programs in Montana.

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Food Corps

School's out for summer, but FoodCorps AmeriCorps Members are busier than ever, helping to grow healthy kids and communities across Montana... Altogether, since August 2012, Montana's 10 service members have led hands-on gardening and nutrition education activities with 7,681 children. They've harvested over 2,312 pounds of produce for school and summer program meals, and incorporated 15,593 pounds of healthy, local foods into school lunch programs... Continue reading »

Grow Montana

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In the 2013 legislature, Grow Montana promoted sensible and sustainable food policy, serving as the driving force behind bills to jump-start Farm to School efforts in the state and support Montana's network of Food and Agricultural Development Centers. We also worked alongside our allies to streamline food safety regulations, open markets for local producers, and preserve Montana's agricultural lands. Check out the highlights »

Farm to Cafeteria Network

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Did you know there are more than twice as many cows as people living in Montana? With so many prime ribs and rump roasts roaming our pastures, why are the majority of Montanans consuming beef that is finished and processed out of state? Why aren't we demanding local beef in our grocery stores, restaurants, and public cafeterias?

More and more people are beginning to ask this question, including a recently formed Montana Beef to School coalition... Continue reading »

Get Involved with Food Safety

You are needed in a public process designed to modernize Montana's food regulations! As a result of recent legislation, the Departments of Public Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Livestock are examining and recommending updates to Montana's food laws and rules — from exemptions for the direct sale of eggs by small producers, to approved sources of ingredients for food manufacturing.

If you would like to be notified of the opportunities for public involvement, include your name and email address with the subject, "Food Regulations," in a message sent by mail or email to:

Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3144
Fax: (406) 444-5409

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Featured Recipe: Montana Lentil Hummus Recipe

shared by Kalispell Public Schools

  • 2 cups Garbanzo beans - drained and rinsed (reserve juice to adjust consistency later)
  • 4 cups cooked lentils - boiled for 10 minutes till soft, local red lentils from Timeless Seeds work well
  • ½ cup tahini (strong tahini)
  • 1 cup safflower oil from the Oil Barn (olive, vegetable, and camelina oils work as well)
  • Liquid as needed for consistency (reserved garbanzo juice or lentil cooking water)
  • Salt to taste

Blend in Food processor until creamy; refrigerate immediately and hold below 41 degrees F. Good for 7 days, or freeze for up to one month

Makes: 8 cups
For School nutrition requirements:
Hummus 32 - ¼ cup portions (2 oz) = 1 oz meat equivalent or ¼ cup legume
16 - ½ cup portions (4 oz) = 2 oz meat equivalent or ½ cup legume

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