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

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

Read ME Agriculture Information Session
Maine Ag Trades Show
Augusta Civic Center
January 16, 2019
5pm - 7pm

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
"Counting on Consumers"
Augusta Civic Center
9am - 11am
January 17, 2019

Read "ME" Agriculture
March 2019

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

Summer Teacher's Institute
University of New England
Biddeford, ME
July 29 - August 2, 2019

Maine Farm to School Conference
Bates College
Lewiston, ME
October 4, 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


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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December Newsletter
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.

MAITC Session and Booth
Our 2019 Read ME book  will be featured at  The Agricultural Trades Show in the Maine Ag in the Classroom Booth and  modeled in a special session in the Hancock Room on Wednesday,  January 16th from 5pm to 7pm. Learn about suggested activities and sign up as a volunteer reader! Please join us if you are interested!
Maine Nutrition Council
January Educational Event
"Counting on Consumers"
Augusta Civic Center
Aroostook Room
January 17, 2019
9am - 11am
Join the Maine Nutrition Council to learn about innovative approaches to keeping consumers connected to supporting local agriculture.
Please pre-register to the event by emailing Kathy.

Smoothie Demonstration
Come by the Demonstration Stage at the Ag Trades Show on Thursday, January 17th from 11am - noon to learn from Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, Maine School Garden Network, and other youth organizations.  Come watch, learn, and taste samples of delicious and nutritious smoothie recipes featuring Maine ingredients made by Maine students!

2019 Summer Teacher's Institute!
Our week long intensive will be held at The University of New England in Biddeford with field trips to surrounding areas.
The Registration flyer and Agenda at a glance are now available on our  website! Join us!
Mark your calendars for 
July 29 - August 2, 2019!
Save the Date!

The Maine Farm to School Conference will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. 

Visit the Maine Farm to School Network website  f or more information and stay tuned for updates!

Maine Farm to School Cook-off
The Maine Department of Education, Child Nutrition office is seeking teams to participate in their annual Farm to School Cook-off A school nutrition and student duo from each district/school will compete to prepare one breakfast and lunch meal. Each meal must be planned with two local ingredients that are grown, raised, caught or manufactured in Maine as well as one USDA food. A student, school nutrition director and professional chef will evaluate the dishes based on presentation, taste, creativity and feasibility to be used in a school nutrition program. For more information and to submit a team please contact Stephanie Stambach, Child Nutrition Consultant at 
President's Environmental Youth Award
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 President's Environmental Youth Award ( PEYA ).
The  PEYA  program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth, promoting awareness of our nation's natural resources and encouraging positive community involvement. The  PEYA  program celebrates student leadership in service projects to protect the environment and keep our global community healthy. Winners of this year's awards will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in mid-2019, and have their project mentioned on EPA's website.
EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA's 10 Regions - one regional winner for Grades K-5 and one regional winner for Grades 6-12.
All student projects must be sponsored by at least one adult over the age of 21. For application and eligibility information, visit their website.
Applications are due February 1, 2019. 
Grant Opportunity from KidsGardening!

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.
High School Curriculum Resource
This free, downloadable curriculum provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues, empowers them to make healthy and responsible food choices, and encourages them to become advocates for food system change.
Check out FoodSpan developed at Johns Hopkins.

The Maine Nutrition Council's annual conference
"Gut Nutrition? Exploring the Microbiome" 
will be held Wednesday, 
April 3, 2019 at 
The Point Community Center in South Portland, ME. 
Stay tuned for registration information, visit their website to learn more.
TeacherResources  Lessons:
- Discover Christmas Trees. Grades K-5. This lesson is composed of six learning activities to teach about the Christmas tree. Science, history, and geography topics are used to explore the history of the Christmas tree, life cycle of a conifer, types of trees and how they adapt, work on a Christmas tree farm, and the ecology of conifer trees. 
- Food Master: Measurement. Grades 3-5. Students will learn where the ingredients in a cookie are made and make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to practice their measurement skills and fractional mathematics. 
- Food Miles. Grades 3-5. Students will explore the economic and environmental benefits of buying locally grown food.
- Ethnobotany for the Holidays. Grades 3-6. How do you combine history, social studies, geography, and science, and wrap in a bit of holiday fun? By exploring ethnobotany!
- The Columbian Exchange of Old and New World Foods. Grades 6-12.  Students will explore New World and Old World food origins to understand how the Columbian Exchange altered people's lives worldwide. 

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?
Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas Farm
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?

In this activity students will taste different types of chocolate to determine if price is an indicator of better taste. Chocolate is a New World food that is now beloved by cultures around the globe.

White Chocolate or WHITE LIE? | What Is White Chocolate Made From
White Chocolate or WHITE LIE?
What Is White Chocolate Made From
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