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

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

Summer Teacher's Institute
"Agriculture for ME 
o n  Land & Sea"
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
Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Community Grants Program
Deadline: January 22

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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January Newsletter
Read "ME" Agriculture 2019
First come, first serve!
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. 

2019 Summer Teach er's Institute!
"Agriculture for ME on Land & Sea"
Mark your calendars for 
July 29 - August 2, 2019!
Our week long intensive will be held at The University of New England in Biddeford with field trips to surrounding areas and visits to aquaculture facilities included.   The Registration flyer and Agenda at a glance are now available on our  website ! Join us!

Maine School Garden Day

Maine School Garden Day will be
Saturday, April 27, 2019
at Trenton Elementary School
Trenton, ME
Visit the Maine School Garden Network Website for more information. 
Registration coming soon!
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!

Grant Opportunity for the Casco Bay area
Applications due by January 22 , 2019
Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) invites proposals for the  Casco Bay Community Grants  program. CBEP mobilizes  collective action to strengthen the Bay's ecological and economic vitality, fostering a shared commitment to Casco Bay. Through th is program, CBEP encourages new partnerships and innovative projects that engage communities with Casco Bay and its watershed. A total of $12,500 is available for  Casco Bay Community Grants  in 2019 We will consider  proposals between $500 and $5,000.
Visit their website for more information.
American Farm Bureau
On the Farm Program Opportunity
Experience STEM and health
concepts brought to life by 
American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians. The On the Farm program features free lessons, activities, online learning tools and enriching professional development events.

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.
President's Environmental Youth Award
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 President's Environmental Youth Award ( PEYA ).
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. 

Nutritower Giveaway

KidsGardening has partnered with Nutritower to give away a top-of-the-line hydroponic indoor gardening system. 
TeacherResources  Lessons:
- Exploring Aquaponics. Grades K-2. The students will identify the basic needs of plants and fish and engineer, assemble, maintain, and observe a small-scale aquaponics system that meets plant and fish needs.
- Test Tube Hydroponics. Grades 3-5. Students will investigate the importance of nutrients for plant growth and discover how plants grow without soil by growing and observing plants in a test tube hydroponic system.
Drones in High-Tech Farming. Grades 6-8. Students will discover the science behind how a drone works, explore how drones are used in agriculture, and program and operate a drone for the purpose of monitoring grazing sheep.
- Algaculture and Biofuel. Grades 9-12. Students will use the scientific method to learn about the growth properties of algae and how algae production may be a possible solution to address the global energy crisis. Students will utilize the engineering design process to apply their knowledge about algae growth to create a bioreactor for algae production and discover if biofuel can be made from algae.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
Agricultural Drones

Kids are always amazed to see plants growing without soil. This simple kid-powered system gives them a chance to experiment and explore hydroponic basics.

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"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public" 

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