UM FLAT Spring Internship Application 2017

Internship Description The UM FLAT is offering internship opportunities for the Spring Semester, 2017. The interns will work with one of the current residents to focus on a specific project. Projects will fall into one of four categories: sustainable agriculture, construction with reclaimed materials, educational outreach, or environmental education. These projects may fulfill internship requirements…

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…

Meet a FLATmate: Made in Montana

I’m a born and raised Missoulian with the Chaco Tan and Semi-Broken down Subaru to prove it. At UM I study both geology and astronomy (earth + space) because 1. I LOVE mountains and 2. The voice of Carl Sagan told me so. I’m an avid traveler. After high school I sold my car and…

Meet a FLATmate: Trees and Grub

I love wide open spaces and lying under trees. I love being places where you can’t hear cars and you can be absorbed into a trail system and feel like you could go endlessly. I also love good food: growing it, cooking it, sharing it, eating it. At UM I’m in the EVST masters program,…

Meet a FLATmate: Called to the Wild

  STEPHANIE – I grew up in small town North Carolina, surrounded by kin-folk, collard greens, steep granite slopes, soil-rich bluffs, and rolling cattle pasture. Western Carolina pales in ‘wild’ comparison to the Rocky Mountain West, but the Blue Ridge Mountains are majestic and mysterious in ways all their own. When I stumbled across Montana, specifically…

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…

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…

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…

Meet a FLATmate: Planting Perennials

IAN – Barefoot in the forest, that’s how you’ll find me. Back home in Western Washington that is. Out here in Montana my toes haven’t gotten quite as much air time as I’d like. In my first year here at UM, I was lucky enough to find the FLAT, which pretty much perfectly sums up…

2016-2017 Academic Year- UM FLAT Resident Application

UM FLAT Resident Application 2016-2017 Academic Year Please send resume and application to the UMFLAT@gmail.com by March 12, 2016 Short answer questions Are you applying to live here for the 2016-2017 academic year? Are you currently committed to a lease for the next academic year? Are you applying to live here with a significant other?…

Meet a FLATmate: Coming to Port in a Glacial Lakebed

SIMON After high school, I spent two years sniffing the emissions from the Schwann factory outside my college town of Marshall, MN. Being a blue dot in a red sea, I left to seek new perspectives and moved in with a mad scientist in Evanston. There, I took a break from studying philosophy and readied…

Meet a FLATmate: Cats, Coffee, and Corvids

CHRIS I appreciate cats, coffee and corvids and I try to walk the fence between tame and domestic. Now in my third year at UM, I’ve been attracted to the FLAT since my arrival. After five glorious years of vehicle living I come to the FLAT excited to be part of the community it fosters….