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Gallatin Valley celebrates national farm to school month

By Jordan Moore, KTVM Reporter, jmoore@ktvm.com
Published On: Oct 13 2013 08:12:09 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

October is national farm to school month, meant to promote the connection between schools and their local farms. It is a nationwide program showing kids healthier options as well as supporting the local economy. The Gallatin Valley farm to school program celebrated Sunday with their first annual "feast-avil" in Bozeman.

We spoke to Aubree Roth on Sunday. She is the program manager of farm to school in the Gallatin Valley. She tells us the program started small in 2007.

"A group of parents that really wanted to bring more healthy, local food into the school cafeteria," said Roth.

She says it continues to grow every year.

"There are about a dozen different Montana providers of food for the Bozeman school district currently," said Roth.

Sunday at Rocky Creek Farm, the main message was to eat healthy and local. We met Laurie White at the event. She just moved to Bozeman over a year ago. White tells me she loves getting her kids back to the basics, and exposing them to new foods.

"I want my kids to be hearty Montana boys. We had red carrots, and my one son saw it and was like "ooh" look at those carrots they look great, and he started hunkering down on a bunch of carrots," said White.

There was face painting, a station to learn how to make butter and many other activities. Kids were having fun and learning how to eat healthy at the same time. White is hoping her kids will soak it all in.

"Kids naturally don't want to eat vegetables, but when they see it and participate in it, they will eat it," said White.