Read ME Agriculture
January 1, 2017
Grant Program - Request For Applications coming in early January!
77th Annual Agricultural Trades Show
Augusta Civic Center
Read ME Agriculture
Northeast Livestock Expo
May 19, 2017
Deadline for Final Grant Reports
June 1, 2017
Summer Teacher's Institute
University of Maine at Farmington
July 31 - August 4
Teach ME about Food & Farms
Lesson site developed for Maine Educators
**Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Spring 2017
|Agriculture License Plate
Funding from this plate has impacted 80,000 students in 2014 with lessons, materials, volunteers and teacher training. Annually up to $60K is distributed in grants to schools, FFA, 4-H and other Non-profit programs for Ag education initiatives by the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Council.
28 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
|Our Mission Statement
"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public"
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Read Me Agriculture 2017
Registration Deadline is January 1st!
This year's book is What's in the Garden? By Award-Winning Children's Author - Marianne Berkes
Each classroom will receive a copy of the book with lesson ideas, and information on Maine Agriculture given by a volunteer reader from the area. Read ME Agriculture has been a very successful program, reaching over 87,000 Maine students, since 2008.
All Maine classrooms in grades PreK-4 and volunteers from agriculture are invited to participate. There is no limit to the amount of presentations you schedule or materials you request. You may sign up both teachers and volunteers OR you may submit just teachers or just volunteers and MAITC will provide the missing component. All forms must be returned to the MAITC office by January 1, 2017 to ensure that all volunteers and classrooms receive the books and materials.
For complete information CLICK HERE
Announcing the 2017 MAITC Teacher of the Year!
Deadline, October 7th
MAITC Executive Director Willie Grenier with Commissioner Walter Whitcomb and Teacher of the Year Eric Brooks
At our annual meeting on October 26, 2016, we announced Eric Brooks as our teacher of the year! Eric teaches fifth grade at Belgrade Central School. His class has been piloting the Book Barn program, utilizing access to agriculture literacy to meet their English Language Arts standards. More information about his program to come!
2016 MAITC Annual Meeting Recap
There were over 50 people in attendance at our annual meeting held on October 26, 2016 at the Maine State Grange. Executive Director Willie Grenier shared this year's Read ME Ag book (What's in the Garden?) and encouraged those in attendance to participate in March. Thanks were given to those who helped make the meal a success with food donations: Lakeside Orchards (apples), Bradstreet Farms in Newport (potatoes), and Maine Shellfish Company (salmon); as well as a huge thanks to all of the grange members who prepared the meal. The new 2017 chair of the MAITC Association was presented as Maryjane Stafford. Commissioner Walter Whitcomb spoke about the many initiatives that are bringing Maine to the forefront in agriculture, and Myra Manning of the Maine School Garden Network shared a slideshow of the MSGN garden coach initiatives.
State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show!
Mark your calendars for January 10-12th to visit MAITC at the Agricultural Trades Show located at the Augusta Civic Center.
For more information.
2017 Summer Teacher's Institute!
July 31 - August 4 at UMF
This year's Summer Teacher's Institute will be the week of July 31st through August 4th at the University of Maine at Farmington. Stay tuned for more information.
Northeast Livestock Expo.
Kids Day May 19 - 2017
The Kids Day will occur on Friday, May 19th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor, Maine. There will be 30+ agricultural demonstrations for the kids to attend. The program is geared for K through 6th graders. Please sign up early! The cost of the event is free!
For More Information & Registration Click Here
November means Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving means food!
Food means... AGRICULTURE!
With all the talk of food around this holiday, it's the perfect time to incorporate agriculture education into your lessons!
- The Geography of Thanksgiving Dinner
For grade levels 6-8. In this lesson students will identify common Thanksgiving foods and their farm source, determine if those foods can be produced locally, and locate the common origins of their Thanksgiving day dinner.
- A Rafter of Turkeys
For grade levels 3-5. Students will learn about the domestication and life cycle of the turkey, recognize how turkeys are raised on farms, and identify turkey products.
- Three Sisters Garden
For grade levels 3-5. Students will investigate the "three sisters" crops (corn, beans, and squash) and explore the benefit to planting these crops together. Students will also learn about Native American Legends as well as plant growth.
- A Time for Cranberries
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
- The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
- Eating the Plates
- From Cane to Sugar
- Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians
- From Seed to Pumpkin
How Does it Grow? Cranberries
How Does it Grow? Pumpkins