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 a beautiful cabin for our bi-annual retreat, to talk about everything we want to do and create and learn and share with all of you. Needless to say, we’ve got a lot of good things in the works.

First off, we’d like to officially welcome Brittany Palmer to the FLAT. She is our new resident this spring, and we are stoked to have her join the crew.

Coming up this semester we will be hosting our annual spring workshop series. This year the topics will be fermentation (2/13), woodworking (2/27 + 28), fruit tree grafting (3/6), and mushroom inoculation (3/13). As always, we will be bringing in great experts in these fields from the Missoula community to share their skills with you, and these workshops should be a fantastic opportunity to learn. As always, our workshops are free, although some will have a supply cost if you want to take home a physical product (see the poster below). Our workshops will be Mondays at 6pm, in the FLAT Studio building.

We will also be hosting several workdays this semester, as the weather starts to warm up a bit. Our projects will include building a new chicken coup, building a new garden fence, and setting up an irrigation system for our garden. We’ll keep you posted with the dates as they get closer.

Also beginning today, the FLAT will be hosting Wild Mercy, the weekly readings of CAMAS magazine. These events feature live readings of original work by UM students, and are an amazing look into the lives and minds of our university community. Readings will be on Thursday, 7-9 pm, in the FLAT Studio.

And don’t forget, on Monday February 20th the FLAT will be hosting a Moscow Monday at Montgomery Distillery. That day, one dollar of every drink sold will go to benefit the FLAT. Come have a cocktail and help us keep doing what we do!

Bees buzz around to stay warm, and in the same way, staying busy helps us keep our metaphorical fire lit through the winter. We’ve got a lot going on in the upcoming months, hopefully you’ll come join in the fun!

We’ve heard rumors of a giant fundraiser party extravaganza… stay tuned


If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.
– Cesar Chavez




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