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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Triple R’s

Last Saturday, the UM FLAT held its first Work Day for the fall semester. FLATmates and volunteers sanded and varnished the front porch, pressed nine gallons of apple cider and weeded and mulched several garden beds. These three projects represent the triple R’s of the dictum: reduce, reuse and recycle. Reduce Power tools can be expensive, and…

Making Time for Beauty

It’s easy to nod along to the rhythm of school, work and the other aspects of our lives. We often find ourselves lost in the past or focused on the future, forgetting to open a space in which we can experience the present. For some of us living at the UM FLAT, an upcoming retreat to Goldbug, Idaho, was just…

Something in the air

As students once again fill the arteries of the University of Montana, a sense of excitement and a tinge of trepidation permeate the air. The emotional current seeps into the institutional brick and settles on waxed floors.

Photo Essay: Wild Mercy 2015

There’s a lot to get excited about in Missoula during spring semester. The weather gets steadily better, the days longer. Later in the semester we begin to see robins and mountain blue birds, buttercups and balsamroot. You name it, the spring semester’s got it. And yet with all this bounty, one of the most anticipated…

We’re So Excited for Spring We Wet our Plants!

March 20th was the spring equinox, and even though it’s snowing today spring is certainly starting to make itself at home here at the UM FLAT. This past weekend the FLAT folks got together with some of our Spring 2015 interns and a couple of volunteers from the Missoula guerrilla gardening group, 1000 New Gardens,…