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…

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,…

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…

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…

So…what exactly do you guys do?

Recently at one of our sleepy-eyed Tuesday morning meetings, the FLAT crew was interviewed for a KBGA story on student housing by graduate student Nicky Ouelett. The story coveres the topic of themed housing and portrays what it is like living in one these more goal-oriented group living situations. Living at the FLAT, we often get…

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…

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…

AERO and the UM FLAT

6/25/2012 The FLAT recently had the opportunity to host the Alternative Energy Resources Organization’s (AERO) Energy Solutions Workshop. The success of this workshop was ensured by hands-on demonstrations, expert energy advice, and plenty of socializing and networking among workshop participants. The goal of this workshop was to demonstrate how homeowners, businesses, and local governments can…