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Gallatin Valley Farm to School brings 'Bozeone Ozone Bus' to Story Mill Park

Kids learn about gardening at summer camp
Posted at 3:11 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 17:59:26-04

BOZEMAN — Gallatin Valley Farm to School started more than ten years ago with a mission.

"We were started by a group of parents who were concerned about children’s nutritional education at school and the quality of school lunches," said Jenn Adams, Associate Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School.

The non-profit organization seeks to deepen connections between kids, schools and local farmers by making school gardens, arranging farm field trips and helping get healthy, local food served in school cafeterias.

Last week the group hosted its Garden Explorer’s camp at Story Mill Park.

"Right now we’re in the midst of wrapping up a really fun, successful summer camp season," said Adams.

"We hosted six weeks of summer camp either at school gardens or here at Story Mill Park. Each week of the camp we do cooking with the kiddos, we do some gardening, planting, harvesting with the kids."

Campers also get to learn and explore inside the Bozeone Ozone Bus, also known as "the BOB".

"The BOB bus is our mobile greenhouse that we use for garden and nutrition education," said Madi Mathiasen, who works for Gallatin Valley Farm to School.

"In the spring and fall we drive it around to elementary schools and sometimes middle schools and we do all kinds of different lessons with them."

Campers harvest vegetables and herbs from the BOB bus to make healthy afternoon snacks.

Maple, a young camper says she enjoys learning about all the different edible flowers.

"I really like the edible flowers. It taste like cucumber," she said.