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As we head into fall, here is a look back at some of our accomplishments over the summer, and a look ahead at plans for the (long) winter months. Read below to see what our specialists are up to!

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NCAT's Montana Team of Specialists

New Hoop Houses at the SIFT Farm

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Join us at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, at our Butte headquarters for a workshop that looks at the process of identifying and constructing hoop houses or high tunnels for your operation. NCAT is constructing the first of two new high tunnels on its demonstration farm. Funding for the facilities is through an NRCS-EQIP grant. For farmers, ranchers and small commercial producers, the workshop will also cover the process, timelines, and forms that the NRCS require to be eligible for a grant award. Gardeners, there is much to learn for your own personal use. The SIFT farm is located at 3040 Continental Drive. Call NCAT specialist John Wallace at 406-494-4572 for details and to reserve a spot.


Energy Audits Available for Montana Healthcare Facilities

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Our Energy Services team is working with the Montana Facility Finance Authority (MFFA) to help nonprofit hospitals, clinics, senior living facilities, group homes, and pre-release centers become more energy efficient. MFFA is providing grants of up to $15,000 to these nonprofits so that our professional staff can conduct an energy audit of your facility. NCAT specialists will offer recommendations for upgrades and changes that can save your organization thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Click here to learn more and to access the grant application.



Harvest of the Month Signup Still Open

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Schools, early childhood education centers, and healthcare facilities can still enroll in the Harvest of the Month (HOM) program for the 2018-2019 program year. HOM showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools, institutions and communities. Each month, participating programs focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in at least one meal, snack, or a la carte item and displaying and distributing HOM materials. Montana Harvest of the Month is a great way for early childhood education centers and healthcare facilities to launch or grow a farm to cafeteria program and provide local, healthy foods to students and clients. Visit our website for more information and the enrollment form.


New FoodCorps Service Year Begins


FoodCorps Montana kicked off the 2018-2019 service term with the annual FoodCorps National Orientation in Portland, Oregon, in August. FoodCorps welcomes service members from across the country with a six-day intensive training that introduces our FoodCorps service members to the three areas of service: delivering hands-on learning, supporting healthy school meals, and cultivating a schoolwide culture of health. Read on to learn more about the additional training and preparation our new service members undergo to prepare for service.



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