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Felker Award Contest Winners

submitted by Brenda Noiseux of the NHMPA

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association (NHM PA) is proud to announce the winners of  this year's Walter A. Felker Memorial Award. Top honors in the school division have been awarded to Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield, NH; top honors in the individual category have been awarded to sisters Madison and Olivia Dunne of Newton, NH.
The awards are the culmination of an annual program which encourages K-12 schools and students across the state to take a hands-on approach to learning about NH's maple tradition. Earlier this spring, students tapped trees, collected sap and boiled it down to make "liquid gold." At the end of the maple season, contestants submitted a maple syrup sample that was judged at the annual NHMPA summer meeting in July.
For Madison and Olivia Dunne, the process was "a  lot of work but very rewarding because it taste so good." The young women were originally inspired by their dad to take up the syr u p challenge.
For Crotched Mountain School, it took a commun ity effort to produce their award-winning syrup with both form er Crotched Mountain student, Richard Siebert and NHMPA mentor, Chris Pfeil, owner of The Maple Guys in Wilton, NH lending a hand.

Commonly referred to as the Felker Award, the program and the monetary prize aim to encourage interest by New Hampshire youth in the production of the Granite State's great maple sugaring tradition. No prior knowledge of maple sugaring is necessary to compete.  Details for the 2018 program will be announced shortly.  
In the meantime, checkout NH Ag in Classroom's maple curriculum .
NHAITC Teacher of the Year Award

Do you or a coworker integrate agriculture into your classroom?  Here  is an opportunity to recognize an outstanding New Hampshire elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects.  

The winner will be recognized in the spring at the Granite State Association of FFA Convention and will be submitted to National Agriculture in the Classroom to be considered for the Excellence in Teaching Award. Winners may also be considered for a registration scholarship at the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.    
                        Applications are due November 6, 2017.     
Free School Garden Soil Testing


The NH Master Gardener Association is offering 50 free soil tests throughout NH. These tests will only be used for school gardens and limited to  5 tests per county. In counties where more than 5 schools apply, we will have a lottery.  If you need a Master Gardener to assist in collecting samples and interpreting the test results, please indicate that on your application.     


          application due 9/15/17

Classroom Grant Opportunity
The CHS Foundation and National Agriculture in the Classroom are partnering again this school year to offer CHS Classroom Grants. Teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade can apply to help fund projects that teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more through agriculture.  Fifteen 500 grants will be awarded.  The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.

                          application and more information   

NHAITC has free seeds available for classroom projects.  They are a year old, but should germinate just fine.  Please email requests to

FoodMASTER Middle School Lessons
grades 6-8
Use food to teach math and science skills. Grains, fruits, dairy, protein and more.

Freshest Fruits                      grades K-2
Students will learn about where fruits grow and their nutritional value by completing an activity to observe the size, shape, texture, and seeds of various fruits.

Customary and Metric Food Measurement
grades 3 - 5
Students will use food and farming as a basis for exploring the concepts of estimating and measuring using customary and metric units of measurements.

Belknap County School to Farm Day
September 20th 
Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford

NEA-NH Fall Instructional Conference 
October 6th
Bow High School
NHAITC will be offering two workshops - one on integrating agriculture in your classroom and the second on our the Tapping Into Maple Tradition program.

NH Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
November 10, 2017
Keene, NH

Plan ahead for the National Agriculture in the Classroom to be held in Portland, ME!
June 26-29, 2018
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     Debbi Cox, State Coordinator               (603) 224-1934 
     Deb Robie, Grafton County Coordinator