Montana’s Harvest of the Month Program Expands

After a successful pilot year in 11 schools, Montana’s Harvest of the Month program will be rolled out across the state this fall. A collaboration between the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition, Montana State University Extension, and FoodCorps Montana, the program gets students excited about 10 locally grown products including beets, lentils, kale, carrots and beef. For the past year our Montana service members have been supporting the program by teaching students about the products, creating excitement around the new foods and then leading taste tests in the cafeteria. The product must then be served as part of a school meal at least once during the month. In addition to providing students with delicious, healthy food that they’ve been primed to try and enjoy, it helps create demand for locally produced products. Read more about the program in The Prairie Star and hear the program described in detail in this video.