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Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference
"Gut Nutrition?
 Exploring the Microbiome"
The Point Community Center
South Portland, ME
April 3, 2019

Hutchinson Center
Belfast, ME
April 6, 2019

Maine School Garden Day
Trenton Elementary School
Trenton, ME
April 27, 2019

Outdoor Career Fair
Kennebec Valley Community College - Harold Alfond Campus
Hinckley, ME
9am - 1pm
May 10, 2019

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
Graduate Student Presentations
University of Maine, Orono, ME
May 10, 2019

NELE Kids Day
Windsor Fairgrounds
Windsor, ME
May 16, 2019

Southern Maine Water Festival
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME
May 17, 2019 

MAITC Grant Reports DUE
June 1, 2019

Summer Teacher's Institute
"Agriculture for ME 
o n  Land & Sea"
University of New England
Biddeford, ME
July 29 - August 2, 2019

MAITC 2019 Grants Program Submission DEADLINE
August 9, 2019

Maine Farm to School Conference
Kennebec Valley Community College - Harold Alfond Campus
Hinckley, ME
October 4, 2019

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
"Life Stages: Oral Health and Nutrition"
University of Maine at Augusta - Bangor Campus
3pm - 5pm
October 30, 2019

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

Whole Kids Foundation


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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The Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Association
The Non-profit, completely volunteer, portion of MAITC.
These funds are used directly to support teacher scholarships and recognition, and support volunteer participation for Ag education programs.  Your donation is completely tax deductible and you can make a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation which will support the mission, "to promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public." 
If you have any other questions or would like to join this group please contact the chairman, Maryjane Stafford
April Newsletter

Online Evaluation
Did you participate in this year's Read ME Agriculture program? If so, please help us to continue to improve our program and ensure that it returns next year by taking our online evaluation! THANK YOU!
Maine School Garden Day
Maine School Garden Day will be Saturday, April 27th, 2019 
at Trenton Elementary School in  Trenton, ME
A full day of workshops, tours, networking and inspiration!
Whether you're  just scratching the surface or you're ready to dig into another year of gardening... this day is for you. Come surround yourself with garden educators, enthusiasts and professionals who want to help you grow with your garden and see your program thrive!

Local foods lunch featured by Trenton Elementary Chef

CEUs and certificates awarded to educators
Early Registration $35 available until April 19th
Register here. Find event updates here.
Questions? Email MSGN.
Maine Farm to School Conference!
Updated Information!!
The conference will be held at  Kennebec Valley Community College, Alfond Campus in Hinckley
The Maine Farm to School Network hosts an annual conference to convene farm to school stakeholders from across the state and beyond for a day of learning, best practice sharing, and networking.  The conference is held during Farm to School Month, draws about 150 people, & features local foods for snacks and meals.  For more information.
We are currently seeking presenters for the conference! Interested? View the Request for Presenters.

Plant Something at School!
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom is teaming up with Maine School Garden Network and ReTreeUS to form the Maine School Garden Collaborative that will provide unique garden and orchard learning opportunities for 5 schools in 2019. Participating schools will receive fruit trees, garden consultation, integrated pest management resources and lessons that are aligned to learning standards that will enable teachers to utilize the gardens and orchards as outdoor classrooms.These opportunities have been made possible through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded to Maine Landscape and Nursery Association to work with the Maine School Garden Collaborative to get students and teachers to Plant Something at School! This year's recipient schools include:
  • Sedgwick Elementary
  • Great Salt Bay Community School
  • Indian Township School
  • Saccarappa Elementary
  • Penobscot Community School
We intend to share resources generated from this collaboration with schools throughout the state and to provide this in-depth programming for 5 new schools in 2020. To learn more about these opportunities reach out to MSGN Program Director, Erika Verrier, or ReTreeUS Program Manager, Richard Hodges, or MAITC Executive Director, Willie Grenier.

Our NEW 2019 Grant applications are now available on our website. There have been some changes to this year's program, but we will still be awarding $60K. There is a new grant category for Statewide Ag Education Organizations, new maximum awards, and some new deadlines.  
  • Ag Leadership and the new category will have 3 opportunities to apply in June, August and December.
  • All other grants application deadline for submission is August 9, 2019.

*A reminder for 2018 grants that your final reports are due June 1st, unless you have requested a one-year, no-cost extension by email.*

"Agriculture for ME on Land & Sea"

All participants will leave with armloads of materials, megabytes of technology, and new partnerships and ideas for integrating agriculture into your classes. Register today!

Save the date for the Maine Nutrition Council's May Educational Event happening on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 10am - 12pm in the Walker Room of the Memorial Union at The University of Maine, Orono. We will be hearing from graduate students about their research in the field of nutrition. Stay tuned for more information on presentations. 
You can RSVP to the event to Kelsey.
New Maine Harvest of the Month Program
The Maine Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a campaign that helps to promote the use of seasonally available, local products in schools, institutions, and communities. The program, which highlights a different Maine product each month, aims to provide students with local and healthy produce, while supporting Maine's farmers and producers.
For more information, contact the HOM Program Manager, Jenn So.
Harvest of the Month - April is Maine Dairy Month!
Check out the great HOM materials: Maine Dairy Poster, Maine Dairy Fact Sheet.
Check out our teacher resources section below for Maine Dairy Curriculum and other classroom resources!
NorthEast Livestock Expo Kids Day
Thursday, May 16, 2019
In 2018, Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) held its sixth "Kids Day" for over 3000 school children in grades K-6. Students, chaperones and teachers participated in self-guided tours among multiple agricultural stations on the grounds. This annual event is held on Thursday from 9:30am-1:30pm, giving children the opportunity to see and learn about a variety of livestock and agricultural commodities, often with hands-on interaction.  The 2019 Kids Day will feature a similar variety of opportunities.  Find more information and the registration form HERE A ny K - 6 th  grade classes or schools that have not registered for 2019 Northeast Livestock Expo Kids Day should contact Cindy Kilgore  as soon as possible . Funding for busses is still available on a first come, first serve basis!
Contact:  Cindy Kilgore.

Nutritional status and oral health have an interconnected relationship. Attend the MNC fall educational event and learn the nutritional aspects of dental and tissue health ages 0-99. Diet is important in the development, maintenance and repair of soft and hard oral tissues. Join in as we review the causes, assessment, prevention and treatment of dental caries, root caries, periodontal disease and the correlation to nutrition.
This event will include a clinical tour of the state-of-the-art UMA dental clinic. The dental programs provides instructional education for dental hygiene and assisting students and is an amazing resource to the community.
Save the Date for this great Maine Nutrition Council Event!

TeacherResources  Lessons:
April is Maine Dairy Month! Check out these great Maine Dairy lessons from our Teach ME Food & Farms Site
- Dairy. Grades 3-5.  Students will be able to look at the origin of dairy cows and the differences between cow breeds. They also will be able to explain the difference between organic and traditional dairy farming. Students will be able to write directions and construct bar graphs while learning about nutrition and composting activities.
- Milk Matters. Grades 3-5. Students will make ice cream or butter so they can observe the process of the liquid changing to a solid.

You can find more dairy lessons on the National  Agriculture Literacy Curriculum Matrix Here.

Read our Dairy for ME book online here!
Check out the many activities that accompany our dairy book such as:
  • Dairy word search
  • Cow-nect the dots
  • Dairy Crossword
  • Cow mask
  • Calcium trail maze
  • Dairy farm fill in the blank
  • Fun with Cow-culations
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"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public" 

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