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…

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…

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…

Beyond UM: The FLAT Goes Back to Pre-school

We have had visitors of all sizes around the FLAT this year, from wriggly-worms to awkward teenage chickens. We’ve welcomed student groups, guest presenters, readers and writers and curious passerby’s into our space. Yet I must admit my favorite visitors this year was the Afternoon Class of the Learning and Belonging Preschool (LAB). I decided to reach out…

A place to learn, a place to engage

Tis the season for the UM FLAT’s spring semester workshop series and Wild Mercy – an environmental reading series co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies (EVST) Program at the University of Montana, Camas Magazine: The Nature of the West, and the UM FLAT. In case you haven’t already, come to one of these events to learn from and engage…

FLATmates storm the CASL

This spring break a couple UM FLAT residents left on an adventure for lush, green conditions in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. At Eugene’s University of Oregon, those two FLATmates encountered a handful of empowered and sustainability-minded students. The University of Oregon’s Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living (CASL), is a house that strives to…

UM is one of the nation’s top environmentally responsible campuses!

Each year, Princeton Review creates a guide to green colleges. This year, UM placed in the top 322 green colleges and the FLAT was mentioned among other green programs on campus. “UM’s profile opens with the fact that since UM and Missoula are “nearly surrounded by a national forest, it makes sense that conservation would…

Welcome to the UM FLAT!

The UM FLAT is a sustainable demonstration house located in Missoula, Montana, and run by students from the University of Montana. We will be using this blog to give you updates on our projects, stories, and relevant resources. Please keep in touch and ask questions as we go along! This semester has already seen a…