Congratulations Local Harvesters Hannah Whipkey, president of the Flathead High School Environmental Club, former vice-president Katy Dutton, and the rest of the club’s members for starting the Growing a Better World garden at FHS and for hosting an awesome garden opening party on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Kalispell, MT! Click here to read the article in the Daily Interlake.

Flathead High School Principal Peter Fusaro speaks prior to cutting the ceremonial ribbon held by Flathead High School Environmental Club President Hannah Whipkey and Vice President Caitlyn Shaver

Flathead High School Principal Peter Fusaro (right) speaks prior to cutting the ceremonial ribbon held by Flathead High School Environmental Club President Hannah Whipkey (left) and Vice President Caitlyn Shaver

The party was attended by about 40 students and community members including Kalispell School District Food Service Director Jenny Montague, Flathead High School Principal Peter Fusaro, and Kalispell School District Superintendent Mark Flatau. Kids of all ages participated in planting garlic, Garden Jeopardy, face painting, and sampling a variety of local foods.

FoodCorps Service Members past and present planting garlic with children

FoodCorps Service Members past and present planting garlic with children

Everyone at the Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative is thrilled to have helped make this event happen through the Growing Leaders Local Harvest Event Grant. The grand opening party was the first of two Local Harvest events to take place in fall of 2014 as part of this new Growing Leaders initiative. The second, the Rooftop Salsa Party, will take place at Hellgate High School on Wednesday, October 8 in Missoula.

Grand Opening of Growing a Better World Garden at Flathead High School

Grand Opening of Growing a Better World Garden at Flathead High School

And a big shout out to Flathead High School teacher Amanda Matdies for providing guidance and support for these youth throughout garden planning and event planning. Her efforts are building the soil in which these young leaders are growing!

Click here to read the article in the Daily Interlake.