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Teacher of the Year Application Deadline
October 5, 2018

Northern Maine Children's Water Festival
University of Maine, Orono
October 9, 2018

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Meeting
Maine State Grange
October 24, 2018

Let's Go! 5210 School Symposiums
Bangor, ME
October 25, 2018
Portland, ME
October 26, 2018

Maine School Garden Network Annual Meeting
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
October 26, 2018

Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance Conference
The Samoset Resort
Rockland, ME
November 4-6, 2018

Read "ME" Agriculture
Sign-up Deadline
January 1, 2019

Maine Agricultural Trades Show
Augusta Civic Center
January 15-17, 2019

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
"Counting on Consumers"
Augusta Civic Center
10am - 12pm
January 17, 2019

Read "ME" Agriculture
March 2019

Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference
The Point Community Center
South Portland, ME
April 3, 2019

Teach ME about Food & Farms
*Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Spring 2019

Grant Ideas

CHS Foundation Classroom Grants


Fuel Up to Play 60 - Due November 7th


Whole Kids Foundation


Kids Gardening Grants


White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants 


Future Organic Farmer Grant 


Project Learning Tree GreenWorks Grants 


Digital Wish Grants


Fruit Tree 101


Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools


Captain Planet Foundation Grants


Sustainable Agriculture Grants for Farmers and Educators

Special Programs
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 Network - resource 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 over 200,000 students in 2017 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.

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October Newsletter
Only a few days left to nominate or apply!!
Annually Maine Agriculture in the Classroom recognizes an outstanding Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects. Apply by October 5, 2018.
You're Invited!
The MAITC Annual Meeting and dinner will take place Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Maine State Grange from 5:30-8pm. 
146 State Street, Augusta, ME
Come hear from grant winners, meet our Teacher of the Year winner, listen to program highlights, and enjoy a locally sourced, Grange DINNER!
Please RSVP to Willie by October 19th.
October is...
Join us and thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch tray's filled with healthy, local ingredients. Everyone can celebrate! This October, we hope you will take time to get informed, get involved and take action to support farm to school in your community and across the nation. For more information.
Maine School Garden Network Annual Meeting

Join the Maine School Garden Network at their annual meeting on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 3-7pm at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME. 
Space is limited, please RSVP by October 20th.
October is Maine Gleaning Month!
Maine Gleaning Month is, "a  collaborative farm surplus rescue effort gathering crops from Maine's fields, and engaging communities in resourceful and equitable food system activities."  Check out the highlights from 2017 If you are interested in using gleaned produce at your school as part of a sharing table or food pantry, or as a way to educate students about eating locally then please let Renee Page know and she will connect you with the gleaning group in your part of the state. 
Grant Opportunities from KidsGardening!
2019 Budding Botanist Grant. Applications due by November 19, 2018.  The Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their  local ecosystems.  In early 2019, six grant packages valued at $3,000 in cash and supplies will be awarded to six schools across the US.

2019 Youth Garden Grant. Applications due by December 17, 2018. T he Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. A total of 25 programs will be awarded with award packages ranging from $500 to $2100 in value.
Free Download and Print Books
Easy reader chapter books for 4-5th graders. The My Little Ag Me book series from the American Farm Bureau is designed to introduce agricultural careers to youth. Their hope is the stories create curiosity around the highlighted careers and thought processes professionals use to complete their work. We hope you enjoy!

New Resource: School Food Recovery Handbook
Produced by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, this is the first comprehensive guide for Maine schools that identifies the serious problems with wasting food and offers solutions, explaining step-by-step how to take action, how to work as a successful team, and how to involve others in the school. By referring to NRCM's School Food Recovery Hierarchy Framework, and using the"How-to" guides, you'll be well on your way to reducing food waste in your school. More information here.
Maine FFA Association
Maine FFA Association's mission is "FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education." 
Maine FFA has about 500 members in 14 chapters throughout the state. It is led by a team of student officers who have demonstrated a superior level of commitment to Maine FFA, and participated in leadership training.
How to Start a New FFA Chapter
School Eligibility: All schools, grades 7-12, who offer courses related to agriculture and natural resources - hands-on biology, ecology, agriculture, biotechnology, forestry, horticulture, and other areas - are eligible.
Find a Chapter Advisor: Often teachers of relevant courses, but other interested teachers or community members may assist.
Develop Student Interest: Students work with teachers on a "Supervised Agricultural Experience." This is an activity that pertains to their field of study and is outside of the classroom.
Administrative Support: The host school will need to provide support for the new FFA chapter by recognizing the value of outside-the-classroom activities and member travel.
Visit the Maine FFA Association website for a list of chapters, school contacts, and other information. Questions? Contact Maine State FFA Advisor, Doug Robertson.
Read "ME" Agriculture 2019
March 2019
Our 2019 Read "ME" Agriculture book is "Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse" by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, illustrated by Kathryn Mitter.
Please submit your applications for readers in your classroom,
or to be a reader by January 1, 2019. For more information and to download the signup form.
TeacherResources  Lessons:
- The Case of the Missing Pumpkin. Grades K-2. Students will investigate the life cycle and decomposition of pumpkins.
Pumpkins... Not Just for Halloween. Grades K-5. Students will learn a variety of subjects including history, science, nutrition, and math through the study of pumpkins. Activities include estimating the size and weight of pumpkins, sprouting pumpkin seeds, and making pumpkin pie in a bag.
- From Foraging to Farming. Grades 6-8.  Students will participate in a foraging activity, gaining perspective on how scarcity of resources can affect well-being and how agriculture provides the benefit of a steady, reliable food supply. Then they will read about hunter-gatherers and early agriculture and use maps to explore how geography affected the development of early civilizations.
- Global Trade and Interdependence. Grades 9-12.  Students will examine the impacts of the Columbian Exchange and identify the economic and cultural impacts of contemporary global agricultural trade. They will also explore how food choices influence patterns of food production and consumption.

Pumpkin Pumpkin
Harvest Year
Tractor Mac: Harvest Time
Ancient Agriculture
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie

PUMPKIN | How Does it Grow?
PUMPKIN | How Does it Grow?

The Real Reason Leaves Change Color In the Fall
The Real Reason Leaves Change Color In the Fall
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"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public" 

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