Maine Nutrition Council
"Sustainable Nutrition for ME"
USM Lewiston-Auburn Campus
April 11, 2018
National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 25, 2018
Maine School Garden Day
Maine Academy of Natural Sciences
April 28, 2018
Agricultural Labor Field Day
Alfond Rec Center, KVCC Hinckley Campus
May 3, 2018
Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
Grad Student Presentations
University of Maine, Orono
May 11, 2018
NELE Kids Day
May 17, 2018
Southern Maine Children's Water Festival
University of Southern Maine - Portland Campus
May 18, 2018
Nature-Based Education Institute
University of Maine at Farmington
May 18-20, 2018
2017 Grant Reports DUE
June 1, 2018
2018 MAITC Grant Applications DUE
June 7, 2018
National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
June 26 - 29, 2018
Teach ME about Food & Farms
Lesson site developed for Maine Educators
**Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Fall 2018
Looking for field trips? Check out Get Real Get Maine's Food, Farms, and Forest Search.
ReTreeUS plants orchards in schools and provides educational programs that empower people to be healthy environmental stewards.
See the Maine Farm to School Census here. Are you participating?
Maine School Garden Networkresource for all school gardens across Maine!
Search The National Ag in the Classroom Curriculum Matrix for resources.
Fuel Up to Play 60 offers educators a wide array of resources they can use to help students make sustainable changes in their school environment.
Agroworld- agricultural science e-zine developed for the secondary educator
Kids Gardening has ideas about plants and gardens, teacher resources, and grant opportunities.
The Chop Chop magazine and website has easy and healthy recipes.
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Mags are 4-page, colorful agricultural magazines for kids.
|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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A full day of workshops and networking for School Garden enthusiasts will be hosted by Maine School Garden Network and Maine Agriculture in the Classroom. Whether your dreaming of starting an educational garden or working to develop an existing program... this day is for you!
Topics include growing rice, hydroponics, aquaponics, Integrated Pest Management, curriculum, School Garden Grown exhibits and much more! Learn about the School Garden Coach Pilot program and the NEW School Garden Coach Manual, with over 60 links to additional resources. Hear stories from garden programs throughout Maine and connect with supporting organizations to build your knowledge and resources in time for this upcoming gardening season!
Register today! Paper registration can be downloaded on our website and purchase orders are accepted.
Do you have an agricultural field trip idea? Need some materials for your school garden? Want to bring your FFA chapter to state convention? Looking for funding for other ways to incorporate agriculture into your classroom???
You're in luck! Our request for applications for our 2018 grants program is available on our website!
Applications are due June 7th BY 4:00PM! Get started today!
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all of our volunteers. Read ME Agriculture went into 700 classrooms in Maine this year!
Sustainable Nutrition for ME!
Register today for the Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference!
Univeristy of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston, ME,
Wednesday, April 11th,
NELE Kids Day
The Northeast Livestock Expo Kids Day will take place this year on Thursday, May 17th at the Windsor Fairgrounds. MAITC is a sponsor.
This event features multiple educational stations including: Maine beef producers, Windsor fair historical society, Maine Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife, oxen, sheep & goats, harness racing, swine, Delta Ambulance, and much more! Free admissions - transportation funds available on a limited first come first serve basis.
Registration forms are on the Kids Day website. Please contact Cindy Kilgore for more information.
Agricultural Labor Field Day
May 3, 2018
The event is open to employers/agencies promoting their summer jobs, internships, career opportunities, and undergraduate programs at KVCC, other high school and college students, and area residents interested in academic and professional careers in a variety of agriculture fields including Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration.
For more information.
White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Apps Open
Do you have an ag literacy project or program idea? Work through your state or county Farm Bureau to apply for a White-Reinhardt mini-grant! Grants are $1000 each.
Applications will be due April 15.
For more information.
Herring Gut Learning Center Summer Workshop
Intro to Aquaponics
July 10th - 12th
Forests of Maine Teachers' Tours
Tours combine STEM and cross curricula lessons with current information about forest practices, up to date technology, and promising research into new products.
Poland Springs Resort - July 10-13
Leen's Lodge, Grand Lake Stream - July 24-27
For more information and the registration form.
- A Garden Plot: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Grades K-2. In this lesson, students will identify foods grown in a garden, observe various types of seed, and grow their own "milk jug" garden. Students will hear the Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter and learn about produce that is grown in gardens or on farms.
- Growing Plants in Science and Literature, More Than an Empty Pot
Grades 1-4. Students will use the story of The Empty Pot to explore literature and science, practicing story mapping and learning about the needs of plants and the importance of soil and water. Like the characters in the story, students will plant and observe the growth of seeds.
- Sheep See, Sheep Do
Grades 3-8. Students will explore the difference between inherited and acquired traits and understand why knowledge of inherited and acquired traits is important to agriculture. Activities in this lesson include trait sorting, two short movies, a PTC taste-test, and student presentations.
- Plant Propagation
Grades 6-8. Students will learn about two types of plant propagation - seed planting (sexual) and stem cuttings (asexual) and recognize the genetic differences in these processes, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each method.
- How Much is Dirt Worth?
Grades 9-12. Students will understand that topsoil is a limited resource with economic value. Activities include slicing up an apple to demonstrate the distribution of Earth's soil resources and exploring scenarios involving the dollar valuation of soil.
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- First Garden
- The Tiny Seed
- A Seed is Sleepy
- The Empty Pot
- Mountains of Jokes About Rocks, Minerals, and Soil
- The Story of Seeds
- Seed, Soil, Sun: Earth's Recipe for Food
Soils are Living!
The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference is coming to Portland, ME! June 26-29, 2018. Keep your eyes and ears open for great opportunities!