of tomatoes, carrots, lettuce and other fresh, locally grown
how much food has been delivered, on average, to the Missoula
Food Bank each of the past seven years through Harvesting Community,
a partnership of UM's Program in Ecological Science and Garden
City Harvest, a local nonprofit organization.
PEAS/GCH collaboration was
recognized with the prestigious 2004 Jimmy
and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for
Community Collaboration. The $10,000 award will support further
growth of the program, which supplies vegetables to not only
the Missoula Food Bank, but also several other organizations
serving low-income and homeless Montanans.
UM, more than 600 undergraduate and graduate students have received
a valuable service-learning education since the creation of PEAS
in 1997. Under the direction of the Environmental Studies Program’s
Neva Hassanein, assistant professor, and Josh
adjunct faculty member, PEAS combines traditional academics with
hands-on work at a 6.5-acre farm two miles from campus in the
Rattlesnake Valley. From managing the greenhouse in February
to harvesting pumpkins in October, students learn about ecologically
conscious farming methods, food’s role in connecting people
and place, and meeting very real production deadlines.
Carter Partnership Award is hosted in Montana by Montana Campus
Compact, a statewide nonprofit coalition of college and