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MAITC Grants Application Deadline
December 6, 2019

Read ME Sign Up Deadline
January 10, 2020

Maine Agricultural Trades Show
January 14 - 16, 2020
Augusta Civic Center

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
"Berry Health Benefits"
January 16, 2020
Augusta Civic Center, Hancock Room

January 30 & 31, 2020
The Samoset Resort
Rockland, ME

Read ME Agriculture
March 2020

Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference
"Nutrition From the Sea"
April 8, 2020
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center
Bar Harbor, ME

Maine School Garden Day
May 2, 2020
Reeds Brook Middle School
Hampden, ME

NELE Kids Day
May 14, 2020
Windsor Fairgrounds

Teach ME about Food & Farms
*Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Spring 2020
Grant Ideas
Kids Gardening Grants

White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants

Whole Kids Foundation


Special Programs
Maple Curriculum Support: Tapping into Maple Tradition - Lessons for K-12 Classrooms.

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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Augusta, Maine 04333


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
December Newsletter

MAITC Will be accepting Grant Applications for our December 6th deadline in ALL FIVE CATEGORIES!
Additional funding is available for 2019 MAITC Grants. 
As a result we will be accepting applications in all 5 categories by 4:00pm on THIS  FRIDAY December 6, 2019
For more information and to download the applications, 
visit our website here.
Read ME Agriculture 2020
In March 2020, Read ME Agriculture will debut the newest book in the series, Plant Something for ME
The Plant Something for ME book  is the sixth book in the Agriculture for ME book series. Students will learn about plants and why they are so important. A focus on careers involving plants in our state will increase students' awareness of opportunities available. In the wrap-up students are encouraged to plant something themselves. Funding is pending for classroom planting kits to accompany the books during the 2020 Read ME Agriculture program. Classrooms should sign-up early if they are interested in the kit because supply may be limited. Sign ups are available on our website ! Sign up  deadline is January 10th , materials are limited, first come, first serve!
Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) Kids Day
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Windsor Fairgrounds  9:30am to 1:30pm  
To register your school youth for this agricultural exhibition, please  email Cindy Kilgore
We have funds to reimburse your school bus transportation on a first come, first serve basis.  As in the past, we expect to have 40 + agricultural educational exhibits for the students to enjoy. 
Join the Maine Nutrition Council to learn about the role of red raspberries in relation to Metabolic Syndrome as well as updates from the latest research from the prestigious Berry Health Benefits Symposium.
RSVP to the event to Kelsey.

KidsGardening Grants - There are two opportunities from! Their Carton 2 Garden Contest (entries due April 1, 2020) and also their 2020 Youth Garden Grant (due December 16th, 2019). Check out the links for more information and to apply.
Maine School Garden Day

May 2, 2020

Reeds Brook Middle School
Hampden, ME

Save the date and Stay tuned for more info!
Maine Harvest of the Month Program - Sign the Pledge!
Sign the pledge for the Maine Harvest of the Month (HOM) program for SY2020. HOM helps to promote the use of local Maine products in schools by offering free marketing materials and resources for food service. If you'd like to receive the promoti onal materials, please make  sure to sign the pledge ASAP.  If you have any questions, email the Maine Farm and Sea to School Coordinator, Robin Kerber or visit  the HOM Website HERE.

Harvest of the Month
December is Maine Winter Squash Month!

Check out the great HOM materials: Maine Winter Squash Poster, Maine Winter Squash Fact Sheet
Check out our teacher resources section below for lessons, books, videos, and other classroom resources!
TeacherResources  Lessons:
December is Maine Winter Squash Month! 
Pumpkins...Not Just for Halloween . Grade 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.
Squash . Grades 2-5. Students will be able to explain the history of squash and locate where it is grown on a Maine map. They will be able to explain what part of the plant squash is, the growing season and its nutritional benefits. Students will be able to explain how foods with vitamin A keep us healthy and write a persuasive letter that includes squash. Students will also be able to participate in composting activities.
Three Sisters Garden . Grades 3-5. Students will investigate the "three sisters" crops (corn, beans, and squash) and explore the benefit to planting these crops together. Students will also learn about Native American Legends and plant growth.
Terrariums: A Look at the Living and Nonliving World . Grades 3-5. Students will observe the interactions between living plants and other living and nonliving things in a small terrarium environment. They will also learn about farms and discuss similarities between the terrarium environment and the farm environment. 
The Geography of Thanksgiving Dinner . Grades 6-8. In this lesson students will identify common Thanksgiving foods and their farm source, determine if those foods can be produced locally, and locate the common origins of their Thanksgiving day dinner.
Energy and the Commodity Trace-back . Grades 9-12. In this lesson students will describe the domestic food supply chain and identify the use and types of energy involved in the growth, harvest, processing, transportation, and marketing of an agricultural commodity.
Farm-to-Fork Augmented Reality. Grades 9-12. Students will research the farm-to-fork process for various foods and create augmented reality videos using the HP Reveal app to educate consumers about where their food comes from.

Sophie's Squash
From Seed to Pumpkin
The Lifecycle of a Pumpkin
Lily's Garden
A Gardener's Alphabet

Read our  Agriculture for ME book online here !

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

The Great Pumpkin . This is a fun and simple activity in which students will make a paper-plate model of the life cycle of a pumpkin.

- Taste Test! Try different types of squash - acorn, butternut, delicata, and see which is the class favorite!
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Our Mission Statement

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

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