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…

Fall Harvest Shnackum

I no longer wake to the morning light filtering through my window or the chickens clucking loudly as they wait for their morning meal. This time of year everything is quiet, muffled by the leaves that still cling to the branches. Preparing yourself in the darkness on these cool, damp mornings is a challenge, its…

Something’s growing at the FLAT

Amongst boxes of seed packets and mugs of tea, the FLATmates gathered early in March to discuss garden plans. The room was filled with soft oohs and aahs as Chris pulled out packets of kale and snow peas, and we all agreed they should go into the ‘yes pile’. The swiss chard was met with slightly less…

Catching Summer in a Mason Jar

In the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, the phrase “winter is coming” is a warning and reminder to be vigilant. In the world of gardening and eating locally, it’s a prompt to assemble the mason jars. Freezing, dehydrating and canning are just a few options to preserve in-season produce for the wintery months to come. A bit of…

Earth Day Work Day and BBQ!

Earth Week was a busy time all across Missoula, and the UM FLAT celebrated with a volunteer work day and BBQ! With the theme of backyard renovation, we had a variety of projects including a new bike parking area, a brick patio for the cob oven and getting the garden ready for the growing season!…

Its frozen outside so lets nuzzle up to a warm fire and watch a movie.

Much to our dismay or joy without warning winter is upon us and the pellet stoves have been thrust back into action.   Lucky for us we’re fully stocked with an array of winter storage vegetables ranging from burly potatoes to a colorful squash.  If you haven’t stocked up, never fear.  Check out the Western Montana…

One Year Later, FLAT Secures Food Source

MISSOULA – Since the dawn of the FLAT’s most recent era almost one year ago, during which the Green Onion and the ever-popular “What’s Kate Putting in Her Mouth Now?” series both made their debuts, FLAT residents have subsisted on back yard pickings, various basement rodents and insects, and occasional donations from friends during so-called pot-lucks. Their…

Photo Essay: UM FLAT Year in Review

One year. One full academic year at the FLAT. What a journey it’s been. The ups. The downs. The laughter and the tears. The activities and the quiet, the heat and the blizzards. The UM FLAT, in it’s fifth official year, made moves. It was a year of action, of community-building, and of fun. Lots…

SPRING FLATTERY

We’re back! Yes, ladies and gents, despite the climate’s admirable efforts to prematurely return us to the nutrient cycle, your favorite FLAT mates (and Peter) have successfully returned to live at their appropriately technological forum.  We missed you, too!  And we are uncharacteristically excited to get going on the events and projects we have planned…

by Boss Griffith

Smelly Soul Curd “Eating sprouted beans Living food; a body’s boon But soul – S.O.L.”

Local “Beans” Poet Ridiculed, Forced to Resign

MISSOULA – Public outcry over a poem that appeared recently in the FLATimes reached new extremes this week when Boss Griffith demanded an apology and revision from the poem’s author.  “Beans Beans Beans!,” written by FLAT poet-in-residence, P.J. Donough, appeared in last week’s Special Wednesday Poem Edition, sparking vigorous debate over the value of vegetable-related…