MISSOULA – The Kyra Jean Williams Farm to College Fall Feastival celebrating Montana’s food cycle will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, on the Oval at the University of Montana. The annual harvest feast provides community members a glimpse into UM’s Farm to College Program, as well as a holistic view of Montana’s agricultural food cycle. Montana farmers, ranchers and food producers will provide all the menu items.
“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.
The organizers aim to complete the sustainable food cycle by pulping and processing all pre- and post-consumer waste generated by the event – including food, plates and napkins – into soil-enhancing material within 48 hours. The soil-ready material provides the starting point for the next growing cycle.
Two years ago, UM Dining renamed the Farm to College Fall Feastival to honor the memory of Kyra Jean Williams, who tragically passed away in an auto accident in August 2013. Williams began working with UM Dining in 2008 as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer after graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a bachelor of arts degree. As the UM Farm to College Program’s coordinator, she planned and implemented the first Fall Feastival. The Feastival was such a success that it became an annual celebration.
UM Dining is a national pioneer in advocating the benefits of buying and eating local, sustainable foods. The UM Farm to College Program will celebrate its 12th anniversary this spring. At the Feastival, UM Dining also will celebrate reaching the million-dollar mark in local food purchases for the first time since the UM Farm to College Program’s inception in 2003.
For more information and event pricing, visit http://www.umt.edu/dining/Special%20Events/fall_feastival/default.php.