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A busy summer is ending, and activities for the fall are filling up the calendar. As the new school year begins, we are preparing for some fun and educational events that will help promote local, healthy foods. Read on to learn about our Growing Leaders Youth Summits, the new members of the FoodCorps AmeriCorps team, and progress on the cottage food bill.


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Public Comment Period Closes


At the end of July, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) published the rules it was considering adopting related to the implementation of the cottage food industry in Montana. DPHHS accepted public comments on the rules through August 27, 2015. The agency will now examine the comments and may make changes to the rules before finalizing them. The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, has supported creation of the cottage food industry as part of its efforts to streamline and improve the state's food-safety rules to make them work for Montana's producers and food entrepreneurs. Read more about the Coalition's response to the proposed rules.

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FoodCorps: New Year Brings New Faces and Places


New Montana FoodCorps Fellow Mallory Stefan posted her first blog as she begins her term of service:

As the school year starts afresh, FoodCorps Montana is seeing changes in our team members and service sites. But one thing remains the same: our excitement for the new year! Read the full blog post here.

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Celebrate Farm to School Month


Farm 2 School MonthOctober is National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize the importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food. There are many great ways to celebrate Farm to School Month whether you are a student, teacher, parent, food service director, farmer, or community member. Click here to read more about ways you can participate.


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

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