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Gregory Owens

One day in 2008, one Bozeman high school student said, "I think greenhouses are cool."  A couple of BYI youth volunteers agreed.  Their principal said, "What if your greenhouse could move around?"  An MSU engineering student said, "I think your mobile greenhouse should be a school bus."  When asked if they could help, literally hundreds of people said, "Yes." Now thousands of kids think greenhouses are cool. [BTW, here's the same story with pictures.]  And scroll through here for a few of our favorite moments and memories from the now six-year journey of BOB...

Original BOB poster by Augie Cary.

BYI Board Member Maria Kappes w/Lily Deford, b/g volunteers Kareen Erbe & Marshall Swearingen at early BOB brainstorm.

Montana State University Plant Growth Center Director David Baumbauer giving greenhouse tour to Dacotah Stordahl, Kareen Erbe, Kate Barber, and others.

Sam Hedlund filming an early planting session with volunteers Amanda Anderson and Molly Titus-Ieronimo.

Two people who put a lot of work and energy into this project: Kevin Vilkin holds up two thumbs while Spencer Winchester holds up the hood of the bus.

First BOB public appearance at the MSU Horticulture Club Open House, 2010.

The Bozeman Youth Initiative has played a big role in my growth as a human, and as a young professional. It was so wicked cool to watch a wild idea by a friend - to turn a school bus into a mobile greenhouse that actually grows local food - turn into a reality that gave our community and schools something to rally around. Now I see something that I helped build during my high school years touring Bozeman’s elementary schools, and I get to talk about BOB the bus with my niece who is a first grader at Hawthorne.
— Zach Brown, former BYI volunteer / Montana State Representative

Tessa Moeckel and Molly Titus-Ieronimo teach kids at Irving School.

Governor Brian Schweitzer comes to visit BOB at Irving School.

The first ripe BOB tomato.

Our first year with the bus, Longfellow Farm-to-School group received a grant from MSU Team Nutrition, part of which went to the creation of a BOB coloring book we gave out to kids.  This cover image was created by Kate Murphy.

Volunteer recruitment poster by Kate Murphy.

Poster for the premiere screening of Ned Gall's BOB documentary.

Making BOB pizzas with LaFoley's mobile pizza oven and the Longfellow Farm to School group.

At the city compost site for Leaf Rake Day with BYI volunteers and members of One Thousand New Gardens.

Intern Kayla Verzuh cleaning the bus.

Interns Kate Moore and Rylea Rubright mixing up some soil.

Plants growing under L.E.D. lights in a grow room built by Ben Hughes.

Snow day fun with AmeriCorps member Max Smith and Emily Dickinson kids.

Kara Landolfi teaching kids at Emily Dickinson.

Volunteers from Belgrade High School Renewable Energy Club teaching kids at Ridgeview Elementary in Belgrade.

Gianna Andrews teaching.  (You know you're in Montana when you have to bundle up for a greenhouse lesson.)

Rylea Rubright and Gianna Andrews warming up seedlings at Morning Star.

Sicily Ranieri with kids at Morning Star School.

Ben Bunch with kids at Irving School.

Ben Bunch with kids at Irving School.

Cherokee Nevin at Hawthorne School.

Kate Moore at Irving School.

Kayla Verzuh, Sicily Ranieri, and Madde Gnauck at Longfellow School.

Kayla apparently just said, "Who wants to plant?"

In 2011 Page Huyette and a team of young counselors and interns put together a free summer camp for kids in the free lunch program with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.  Activities included gardening exercises with the BOB bus, physical fitness, art and music.

Camp intern Robison Bianchini gives camper a ride.

Page Huyette, the person who made this all happen.

2011 Free Summer BOB Camp staff and some of the campers.

Madi Nixon

At a time in my life when I felt lost and wanted to drop out of high school, BYI allowed me to pursue my interests. My work with BYI clarified what my interests were and I pursued a Bachelors degree in Agroecolgy as well as Latin American & Latino Studies at Montana State University. I will be graduating spring 2015 and continuing on to graduate school.
— Madison Nixon, BYI board member

Program Director Ben Hughes with 2015 interns Emma Kerins, Kate Brunswick, Ambert Cobb, Ellie Eiger, and Kacie Cobb.  Not pictured Kerstin Long & Kate Middleton.  The teaching program began all-volunteer.  Now this is our third group of paid interns with the bus program.