The Kyra Jean Williams Farm to College Fall Feastival celebrating Montana's food cycle will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Oval at the University of Montana in Missoula on Thursday, September 21, 2017. This annual harvest feast will provide students, faculty and staff a glimpse into the UM Farm to College Program, as well as a holistic view of Montana's agricultural food cycle.
This year’s menu will feature items provided by Montana farmers, ranchers and food producers. "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," said Camp Howard, director of UM Dining.
To sustainably complete the food cycle, all pre- and post-consumer waste generated by this event including food, plates, and napkins will be pulped and processed into soil-enhancing material within 48 hours. The soil-ready material provides the starting point for the next growing cycle.
Four 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 of 2013. Williams began working with UM Dining in 2008 as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. As the UM Farm to College Program’s coordinator, Williams planned and implemented the first Fall Feastival. The Feastival was so successful that it has become 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 14th anniversary this spring.
Students on a meal plan: One entry to Food Zoo
All others: $14.00