2019 MAITC Grants
Statewide Agriculture Organization
Maine School Garden Network - Michell Erhard, Director
2019 Maine Farm to School Conference
The 2019 Conference will convene over 150 Farm to School practitioners to network and share resources. The conference will provide cross-sector and skill-based workshops about local agriculture, school gardens, and local food procurement. Grant funds will support an organizing team, presenters, facilities, and other conference expenses.
Maine FFA Association - Doug Robertson, Augusta
Maine FFA DC Conference
Since 1930, Maine FFA has helped thousands of students to advance as leaders in agriculture. This year's project supports July 2019 participation by Maine's student officer delegates in the national State Officer Summit, part of the leadership continuum that prepares them to serve nearly 400 Maine FFA members.
Presque Isle Regional Career and Technical Center - Vicki McCurry, Presque Isle
Indiana, Here We Come!
Students from the Presque Isle chapter of FFA will travel to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team will compete in the Horse Evaluation Career Development Event and will participate in available Career Success Tours. They will attend the rodeo event and the featured concert.
Ashland District School - Janet Perry, Ashland
The Big E & Beyond - FFA Leadership Opportunities 2019-2020
Ashland FFA continues to learn about agriculture outside the traditional classroom setting by taking students to Eastern States Exposition, “The Big E & Beyond” in West Springfield, MA. At the “Big E,” students will compete in career Development Events with FFA members from northeastern states and will also tour agricultural businesses and educational sites.
Easton Junior Senior High School - Kevin Marquis, Easton
Fall Educational Excursion
The Easton FFA will be taking students on the annual fall educational excursion during harvest break. Plans include visiting the Downeast area to concentrate on the wild blueberry, fishing, and other related industries. There will also be visits to various historic sites in the area to enrich students' cultural understanding.
Agriculture Awareness $1,000
Cumberland Farmers Club - Carolyn Small, Cumberland
Maine Maple Syrup Project
This is an in-classroom program teaching students and staff about Maine maple syrup. The objective is to teach about Maine maple syrup, where it comes from, how it is gathered, how it is processed, and its impact on the agricultural economy in Maine.
Thomaston Grammar School - Lynn Snow, Thomaston
Grow in H2O
This grant money will be used to introduce fifth grade students to the concepts and practices of growing food in water. Students will go on field trips, benefit from guest speakers, and use lessons from the National Agriculture in the Classroom curriculum matrix focused on aquaponics, hydroponics, and aquaculture.
MSAD 72 - Christina Littlefield, Fryeburg
A.B.L.E. [Agricultural Based Learning Environment]
The program operates on a two-year cycle, first year focus is plant science and the following year animal science. Field trips to host farms allow students to view and participate in Ag practices and grow their understanding of food and the social/economic impacts of agriculture on our society.
Amanda C. Rowe School - Sarah Swenson, Portland
Cooking Up Healthy Recipes with Maine Agricultural Products
Through this project two Pre-K classrooms of students, seventy percent who are economically disadvantaged, will have the opportunity to visit local farms and businesses where they will learn about local agricultural products and how they were produced. Upon returning to classrooms students will participate in a variety of cooking experiences to produce healthy recipes featuring Maine agricultural items such as maple syrup, honey, milk, eggs, etc.
North Berwick Elementary - Danae Secunde, North Berwick
First Grade Plant and Economic Unit
First graders at North Berwick Elementary are buzzing about plants! All year they will discover the plant life cycle, observe plants in nature, and grow their own pumpkins in a pumpkin patch! Additionally, they will understand the economic factors of buying versus growing plants and finally create their own seed model.
Messalonskee High School - Elizabeth Prelgovisk, Oakland
Blueberries and Health Nutrition Education in the Classroom
The Blueberry Health Nutrition in the Classroom Project is an awareness program that will explore the nutritional importance of blueberries, Maine's wild blueberry crop, and growing a cultivated crop for home use. Teaching students how to grow their own food is essential.
Burchard A. Dunn Elementary School - Martha Gill, New Gloucester
Pre-K Learns That Agriculture is More Than Just Red Barns in Books
In Pre-K, everything is new, exciting and learning a big vocabulary word like agriculture makes you a genius!! Learning about Maine agriculture from books is wonderful, but experiencing agriculture at several farms, the beach, and by hatching ducks is incredible! This grant lets us bring the books to life!
Maine Association of Family and Consumer Sciences - Leslie Forstadt, Limerick
Sharing Ways to Grow Vocational Aspirations with Growing Maine
The Maine Association of Family and Consumer Sciences partnered with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H to create lessons about careers in the food system. This project uses video and activities for engagement in the classroom and informal settings to be shared statewide.
Agriculture Awareness $2,000
Sebago Elementary School - Edward Bridge-Keonigsberg, Sebago
From Fleece to Felted Footwear
Students will learn about fiber processing by turning raw wool and natural dyes into warm felted woolen shoes they can wear. Felting is an ancient skill that is practical, artistic, and easy to learn. This project meets Next Generation Science Standards and meaningful social studies connections to our neighboring communities.
Etna - Dixmont School - Jane P. Stork, Etna
Growing Together - Building Community Connections
Funding will allow students to build community connections with local agricultural enterprises. Five to six times throughout the year, students will visit local farmers, participate in farming processes, sample farm products, and gain a better understanding of how each farm is an important food source and integral part of the community.
Knox-Lincoln SWCD - Rebecca Jacobs, Rockport
Farmer in the Classroom
Fourth grade students in Rockland (South School) and Jefferson (Jefferson Village School) will engage in hands-on agricultural lessons in the classroom each month for 6 months with Farmer Cheryl and will wrap-up the program with a farm field trip in June.
Cape Elizabeth Middle School - Morgan Kerr, Cape Elizabeth
Maine's Food Future
How is Maine's agricultural landscape changing and developing on both land and sea? Students will focus on how aquaculture and emerging agricultural technologies are expanding how food is grown and harvested while changing the face of Maine's food future. Students will meet with professionals in these fields, plan aquaculture projects, and build vertical farm models.
School Garden and Greenhouse
Troy Elementary School - Darcy Johnston, Troy
Troy Elementary School High Tunnel Watering System
Troy Elementary School would like to install an automatic watering system in the high tunnel and purchase new hoses. The plan is to trench a waterline to the high tunnel and attach a spigot with digital hose end timer and drip tubing so that we can automatically water over the summer months. The high tunnel is already an integral part of the student's learning at the school and summer success will certainly improve this amazing teaching tool!
Winslow High School - Kelly Daigneault, Winslow
Winslow High School Greenhouse
Winslow High School has had an underutilized greenhouse for several years now, and it is time for that to change. With this funding opportunity, more students will be exposed to the important lessons found in growing and harvesting your own food, while also supporting the needs of our community.
Mt. Ararat Middle School - John Hawley, Topsham
Sheepscot Aquaponics Farm
The aquaponics gardening program at our school just ended its second year. Currently, there are two 3'x6' grow beds being fed by two huge fish tanks. The goal of this project is to have the gardens be productive year-round, not just during the school months or warmer months.
Molly Ockett School - Monica Quinn, Fryeburg
MOS Life Skills Garden
The Garden will grow produce to be used in the deli and for snacks. The Raiders Deli is a successful and popular program where the students plan, shop, and cook lunches, which they offer for sale to staff. The grant will enable students to grow fresh produce from seed to harvest building awareness of where food comes from and encourage eating healthy, locally grown produce.
Kennebec Montessori School - Kyle Ravana, Fairfield
Kennebec Montessori School Garden Development
The School is developing a garden space in which the students will learn about ecologically sustainable growing practices. Staff and students are working together to gain and maintain MOFGA Organic Certification, establish and maintain a business relationship with a local restaurant, and begin to work toward Master Gardener Certification.
Alfond Youth & Community Center - Jared McCannell, Waterville
Alfond Youth & Community Center's Community Garden Program
This Garden Program provides a hands-on-learning experience, with raised beds and community gardens that youth in the early childcare, after-school, and summer enrichment programs plant, tend, and harvest. Funding will recondition soil for to provide healthy produce for nutritious meals for youth and families.
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