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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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,…

Breaking Down the FLAT Compost

Composting is a simple idea. Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled into fertilizer as a soil amendment. At a very simple level, it requires making a pile of wet organic matter (green waste) and then waiting for the materials to decay and break down into humus over the course of months…

Upcoming Events: Seed Swap and Film Series

This is your friendly neighborhood events update – here are a few things happening around Missoula in the area of food (do YOU eat food?), so mark your calendar and take advantage of some great local opportunities! Seed Swap – Who: Open to everyone, hosted by Five Valleys Seed Library – Where: Missoula Public Library, large…

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…

Winter is Coming

In the great FLATland There was some dead grass And an old rubber band And a sweaty garden hand And there were four little chicks pooping on bricks And a million plums And a FLATfull of bums And a grimy house And a little dead mouse And a hotbox and a press And no less…