Clark Fork School Takes a Field Trip

Over the past couple of weeks at the UM FLAT, Casey, Stephanie and I have been hosting field trips for the kiddos at Clark Fork School to come and learn about what the FLAT does by engaging in hands on projects like pizza making in the cob oven and creating “seed balls” out of clay,…

The Chickens’ New Home

Two years ago I was in a course that required “service hours.” There are numerous volunteer opportunities in Missoula and I happened upon an interesting project at the UM FLAT. The FLAT was constructing a predator-secure habitat for their free-range chickens. The project required volunteers who could help build the new chicken run. As a…

All the things to know

The FLAT’s annual spring workshop series was a huge hit this year. Over 50 students and community members attended and learned how to: Convince friendly bacteria to feast on your food (fermentation) Take scraps of wood and turn them into beautiful, functional tools (wood working) Bind together two twigs so that you can grow badass apple…

Springtime Festivities

The UM FLAT crew is happy to welcome long brighter days and natural signs of springtime. We have many accomplishments to celebrate as yet another busy semester winds down.  Garden planning and preparations are in full swing, a worn out chicken palace (coop) has been rebuilt, preschoolers have been visiting the FLAT for fun-filled activities,…

The Wonders of Woodworking

Did you know that some trees secrete a toxin that prevents other plants from growing around them? Or that some wood changes color after it has been exposed to oxygen? Or that you can make a cutting board from scrap wood in just two nights with a little bit of help? The FLAT hosted a…

Meet a FLATmate: Curiosity and Inspiration

BRITTANY: I am interested in ethnography, social justice, political ecology. I read a lot of critical theory. I miss the desert. I love walking long distances to hot springs or swimming holes. I like thinking about astrology and the moon. I enjoy sharing meals and hangin’ out by a fire…   During the few years…

Apply to live at the UM FLAT!

The UM FLAT is looking for candidates to live at the FLAT next year (AY 2017/2018). If you are interested please send a copy of your resume, three references, and a filled-out application (in a separate document) to umflat@gmail.com by Monday, March 6th at 5pm MST. flatapplication2017-2018

Cold Days and Big Plans

  It’s cold outside, our gardens are buried deep in snow, and our pellet stoves are lit. At the  FLAT, winter is a time for getting cozy and cooking delicious food, for playing hard in the snow, and for making plans for this semester and the coming spring. Last weekend the FLATmates headed out to…

The Garden that Keeps Giving: Solstice Bread

As Winter Solstice quickly approaches the days grow noticeably bright, seemingly shorter and much colder. These celestial indicators help prepare us for a fresh new season. Consistent with traditions, winter marks a time for cooking, creating, reading, storytelling, and spending quality time with family and friends, new and old. Today proved to be a glorious…

What We are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. If you forget the weird historical connotations, at its heart Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest, family, friends, good food, and gratitude. Here is Barbara Kingsolver on what makes this holiday special: “Of all the holidays we celebrate in the United States, few come with food traditions that are really our own… But…

Spring 2017: Opening for New FLATMate

The FLAT has an opening for a new resident beginning Spring 2017! Please fill out this application and return to umflat@gmail.com by Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5pm MST. Follow this link for a link to download the 2017 New Resident Application

Fall into Fall with the FLAT

This fall has been a whirlwind around the FLAT. Multiple workdays, our 6th annual Harvest Party, tours, and of course all our wonderful student groups who utilize the space. We welcomed “Getting to Know EVST” for a panel with the FLATmates, as well as a tour and insider scoop on all things FLAT. University of…