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…

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…

Bike Parking at Near-Epidemic Levels

A Special Report from the Green Onion: Missoula, Montana – Reports are surfacing of a now-chronic problem from the backyard of the FLAT, authorities said. For the past several months, the FLAT, the University of Montana’s Sustainable Living Demonstration House, has seen a disproportionate amount of visitors for the popular and frequent events they offer…

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,…

FLAT Fall Film Series Begins Next Tuesday!

We are excited to announce that the FLAT will be starting its fall film series next week, and you won’t want to miss this year’s lineup! All films begin at 7:30 pm in the studio; we will have tea, snacks, and guest faculty to lead a brief discussion after each film for those who are…

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…