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…

Spring 2017: Opening for New FLATMate

The FLAT has an opening for a new resident beginning Spring 2017! Please fill out this application and return to umflat@gmail.com by Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5pm MST. Follow this link for a link to download the 2017 New Resident Application

Fall into Fall with the FLAT

This fall has been a whirlwind around the FLAT. Multiple workdays, our 6th annual Harvest Party, tours, and of course all our wonderful student groups who utilize the space. We welcomed “Getting to Know EVST” for a panel with the FLATmates, as well as a tour and insider scoop on all things FLAT. University of…

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…