Fall Feastival to Celebrate Montana Food Cycle, Honor Former UM Dining Employee

September 03, 2014

MISSOULA – A locally produced dinner will be served on the Oval at the annual Fall Feastival at the University of Montana, giving students, faculty, staff and the community a holistic view of Montana’s agricultural food cycle. The event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Attendees will get a taste of contra dancing and local music while they dine.

“Our goal is to celebrate the success of the UM Farm to College Program and to raise public and student awareness about the time and effort required to produce the foods we eat each day,” UM Dining Director Mark LoParco said.

This year, UM Dining renamed its event the Kyra Jean Williams Farm to College Fall Feastival in memory of its former employee who joined UM Dining as an AmeriCorps Vista in 2008. As the UM Farm to College coordinator, Williams planned and implemented the first Fall Feastival. Williams died on Aug. 17, 2013, from injuries she suffered in a car crash.

All pre- and post-consumer waste generated by the Fall Feastival including food, plates and napkins will be pulped and processed into soil-enhancing planting material within 48 hours. The soil-ready material will provide a starting point for the next growing season and sustainably complete the food cycle.

The UM Farm to College Program has been a national pioneer in advocating the sustainable benefits of buying and eating local foods. UM Farm to College celebrates its 12th anniversary in the spring of 2015.

For more information and dinner prices, visit http://www.umt.edu/dining/.

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Contact: Sam Belanger, UM Dining interim director of marketing, 406-243-5089, samuel.belanger@mso.umt.edu.