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Summer Teacher's Institute
University of Maine at Farmington
July 31 - August 4

Teach ME about Food & Farms
*Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Fall 2017

Grant Ideas 

Kids Gardening Grants


Future Organic Farmer Grant 


Green Works Grant 


Digital Wish Grants


Fruit Tree 101


Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools


School and Community Garden Grants


Captain Planet Foundation Grants


Sustainable Agriculture Grants for Farmers and Educators

Special Programs
Looking for a  presenter or field trips ? Check out our
Teachers Resource Guide

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.
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 84,000 students in 2015 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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March Newsletter
Maine School Garden Day
May 6, 2017
This year's Maine School Garden Day will take place on Saturday, May 6th, at Falmouth High School from 8-4, a full day of classes, exhibits, and more! This is a K-12 educator training workshop and all participants will receive certificates for contact hours or CEU's. The cost of the day is $25($35 after April 30) and includes a local foods lunch. Scholarships are available. Click here to register now!!
2017 Summer Teacher's Institute!
July 31 - August 4 at  UMF

This year's Summer Teacher's Institute will be the week of July 31st through August 4th at the University of Maine at Farmington. One of the out of the classroom visits will be to Boothby's Orchard and Farm Winery where participants will learn about how an old milk room became a winery and much more!  Visit our website to download the registration form.
Annual Conference
 Eat for the Health of it!
Registration now OPEN! For the Maine Nutrition Council's Annual Conference: Eat for the Health of it! The conference will be held Monday, April 10th, 8am-3:30pm at  MaineGeneral 
Health in Augusta. 
Topics for the day include: Prescription for a Plant-Based Diet, H2O: What You Need To Know, Managing Autoim mune Disease Using Our Dinner Plate, and a panel discussion on the role of diet and nutrition in disease prevention.
Dr. Saray Stancic is the keynote speaker.  Visit the Maine Nutrition Council website for more info. Register HERE .
Carton 2 Garden Contest
Sponsored by Evergreen Packaging and, public and private schools can get started by collecting 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. Contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for re-purposed milk and juice cartons. Entries are due April 12. Visit their website for more information and to request a free entry kit!
Training Opportunity! 
From Sea & Farm to Plate
The Maine Department of Education is offering a Maine Farm to School Training on Wednesday,  March 22  from 7:30am - 12:30pm at MaineGeneral in Augusta. Topics include: incorporating local seafood into school meals; how to source local meat and eggs in your school nutrition program; a virtual tour through a Maine dairy farm; the affordability of buying local; 9 step plan for purchasing, preparing, and serving local foods; and incorporating the bounty of summer in summer meal programs.  Click here for the registration form.
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March is a great time to start talking about seeds! Here are some great seed lessons:
- Supreme Seeds. Grades: K-2. In this lesson students will observe various types of seed, be introduced to the many uses of seeds, taste edible seeds, and make a seed mosaic.
- Seeds, Miraculous Seeds. Grades: 3-5.  Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the natural development of seeds, learn the anatomy and function of each seed part through a seed dissection and classify seeds as monocots or dicots.
- Strawberry Breeding and Genetics. Grades: 9-12.  Students learn about DNA by extracting it from strawberries. Students also analyze the similarities and differences of their extraction process to those on Genetic Engineering: The Journey of a Gene . Students learn about how genetic testing (including DNA extraction) is useful in breeding new varieties of strawberries.
- Seed Germination Competition. Grades PreK-6. Students will sprout seeds in different conditions to learn how seeds germinate.
- Food Land and People Lessons about seeds: Banking on Seeds; Fruits and Veggies; The Plant and Me; Root, Root for Life; Seed Surprises; We're into Pumpkins.

  • The Tiny Seed
  • A Seed is Sleepy
  • How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
  • Plants Feed Me
  • How a Seed Grows
  • Sadie's Seed Adventures: Learning About Seeds
How Does It Grow? Hydroponic Spinach
How Does It Grow? Hydroponic Spinach

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