Nancy lives in Butte, Montana where she works at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the Host Site for FoodCorps in Montana. She is Project Director for NCAT's sustainable food and agriculture programs in Montana that include FoodCorps, Farm to Cafeteria Network, and Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition. Originally from Ohio, Nancy studied Education at Ohio University and later lived in southern Chile for four years as an educator and rural development coordinator. She moved to Montana in 2010 and completed her M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana with an emphasis on environmental writing.
Kirsten Gerbatsch, FoodCorps Fellow
Kirsten is proud to be the FoodCorps Fellow in Montana. While she feels most at home on farmland surrounded by mountains and wilderness, Kirsten actually grew up in the crowded suburbs of New Jersey. Her interest in food education and sustainable agriculture took root early on during her studies at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She volunteered with urban farms and food banks on the weekends. She also began to cook for herself and realized she had a lot to learn about food. Kirsten’s service work inspired her academic and career goals; she found herself studying American agricultural history and working on a small, organic CSA farm. Since joining FoodCorps Kirsten has decided to pursue a career in national food and agricultural policy in order to help transform the school food environment and build healthier, more resilient rural communities. For the past two years, Kirsten served in rural, northern Michigan with the Michigan Land Use Institute. She helped to build and revitalize six school gardens, taught hands-on cooking and garden-based education with K-12 students, and led a farm to school professional development day for educators.