Cheep cheep! (A chicken update.)

  This past Sunday, some of the FLATmates drove out to Clark Fork Organics, where our new chicks are being raised. It’s pretty normal for chicks to suddenly die in the first few weeks, but all ten of ours are still alive and well!     Well, all except for one. Apparently she’s got some digestive…

Ask the FLATmates: What’s your one-word vision statement?

At the beginning of each semester, the FLAT gathers its members to share a meal, regroup, share ideas, and get stoked for the weeks ahead. This January, the FLATmates were asked an important question: If you had to choose one word to describe your vision and goals for this semester, what would it be? Now…

Every Drop Matters: Crash-Course on Water Conservation

“To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.” – Barry Lopez We residents of the UM FLAT care. We care about our place. We care about our chickens, our garden, our cob oven, our solar panels. We care about our studio and all of the tenacious student…

Something to Brood About

As some of you may know, the passing of Chairman Mao (one of our beautiful hens) at the end of January reduced our flock to one stoic chicken (the mysterious Black Magic Woman).  While her health and happiness are still a top concern, our focus turns to the future of our backyard chicken demonstration.  With…

The River’s Best

Heron stood upon her long legs and said “I am the river’s best because I can stand above.” Bear spread out his sharp claws and said “I am the river’s best because I can fish.” Beaver twitched her large tail and said “I am the river’s best because I can swim.” Fish flexed his gills…

“Wild Mercy” Poets Stun Audiences with Excellent Posture

MISSOULA – The “Wild Mercy” poetry readings have become a tradition at the UM FLAT in recent years, giving voice to an underground community dedicated to the proliferation of stand-up verse.  Audiences at this year’s series have responded with lavish praise.  Said one attendee at last Thursday’s reading, “They’re not bad.” What has been leaving…