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MSGN Annual Meeting
Messalonskee High School
November 9, 2017

Read ME Agriculture
Registration Deadline
January 1, 2018

Maine Agricultural Trades Show
Augusta Civic Center
January 9-11, 2018

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
Augusta Civic Center
January 11, 2018

Maine Farm to Institution Summit
Hutchinson Center, Belfast
February 9, 2018

Read ME Agriculture
March 19-23, 2018

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Portland, ME
June 26 - 29, 2018

Teach ME about Food & Farms
*Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Spring 2018

Grant Ideas

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


School and Community Garden Grants


Captain Planet Foundation Grants


Sustainable Agriculture Grants for Farmers and Educators

Special Programs
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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.

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 98,528 students in 2016 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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November Newsletter
Read ME Agriculture - March 2018
Applesauce Day

Authored by Lisa Amstatz and illustrated by Talitha Shipman. Each classroom will receive a copy of the book, along with lesson ideas and information on Maine Agriculture given by a volunteer reader from the area.

All Maine classrooms in grades PreK-4 and volunteers from agriculture are invited to participate. There is no limit to the amount of presentations you schedule or materials you request. You may sign up both teachers and volunteers OR you may submit just teachers or just volunteers and MAITC will provide the missing component. All forms must be returned to the MAITC office by January 1, 2017 to ensure that all volunteers and classrooms receive the books and materials. SIGN UP TODAY!
77th Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Mark your calendars for January 9-11th to visit MAITC at the Agricultural Trades Show located at the Augusta Civic Center. 

MAITC at the Farmington Fair

Check out the exhibit at Ag Education day at the Farmington Fair done by our volunteer board member, Charlie Armstrong from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

USApple, School Nutrition Association and NASDA Launch Healthy Snacking Grant Program - Apples4Ed
Schools across the country will compete for a $10,000 grant to bring a healthy snacking program to their campus-and we encourage you to  nominate a school in your community! Together, USApple, SNA and NASDA are on a mission to get people talking about snacking in school.
Learn more and apply here by November 30th.
Middle School Grant Opportunity
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is currently accepting applications for their   Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine   program. They are offering another round of   $500 grants to middle school (6th, 7th, or 8th grades) teachers and clubs in Maine . The grants are available for projects that educate students about the value of Maine's environment and engage them in the effort of protecting it. For more information. Deadline: November 30th.
Engineering is Elementary, developed by the Boston Museum of Science, supports educators and children with curricula and professional development that develop engineering literacy. Learn more. Check out their "Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators" Unit.

Did you know? Maine Ag in the Classroom has a FREE lending library of curricula and resources! View the resources here and use our online form to request some today!
- Fruits of Our Labor. Grades: K-2. Students will discover how fresh fruits can be dried and preserved by participating in an activity where they make raisins by drying grapes.
- A Rafter of Turkeys. Grades: 3-5. Students will learn about the domestication and life cycle of the turkey, recognize how turkeys are raised on farms, and identify turkey products.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feeding the Digital World: From Farm to Fork. Grades 9-12. Using an interest-based approach in teams, students will create a video using a smart phone or tablet application to educate consumers about where their food comes from.

Books :
Time for Cranberries
Step Into the Inca World
Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians
A Gardener's Alphabet
Eating the Plates

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.

Yams vs Sweet Potatoes: What's the Difference?
Yams vs Sweet Potatoes: What's the Difference?
Save the Date!

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference is coming to Portland, ME! June 26-29, 2018. Keep your eyes and ears open for great opportunities!

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