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Read "ME" Agriculture
March 2019

Maine Flower Show
Thompson's Point
March 28-31, 2019

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

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

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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March Newsletter

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.*

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.
2019 Summer Teach er's Institute!
"Agriculture for ME on Land & Sea"
University of New England - Biddeford, ME

July 29th - August 2nd
One of the several field trip experiences for this year's Summer Teacher's Institute will be the Oyster Tour on The River Tripper. Join us for fun and learning both inside and outside of the classroom! Register today!

The Maine Nutrition Council's 2019 Annual Conference titled  "Gut Nutrition? Exploring the Microbiome"  will be held  W ednesday, April 3, 2019  at T he Point Community Center  in South Portland, ME.
It will be a day filled with great speakers, exhibitors, and award winners! Our keynote speaker is Liz Lipski, Professor and Director of Academic Development/ Nutrition Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. The conference will also include a plenary session by Janice Giddens who currently serves as the Director of Health and Wellness Partnerships at the National Dairy Council. There will be great breakout sessions to choose from as well!
Visit the website for more information and to register!

Maine Flower Show Children's Garden

Visit the Children's Garden at the Maine Flower Show!
March 28th - 31st at Thompson's Point! 
Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Applications Open
MOFGA is once again hosting the Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar awards and applications are now being accepted. March 20 is the deadline to apply for the Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards. A $1,500 scholarship is awarded each year in each of these categories: MOFGA journeyperson program participant; Maine high school senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming (preference for colleges in Maine); and an educator for funds for a field trip/classroom project/school garden or similar project.
For further information about  Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, visit the MOFGA website or  contact Anna Libby.

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
Questions? Contact Cindy Kilgore.
Mini-Grant Opportunities in Northern Kennebec County
Healthy Northern Kennebec is requesting applications from non-profits serving northern Kennebec County (Albion, Belgrade, Benton, China, Fairfield, Oakland, Rome, Sidney, Unity Township, Vassalboro, Waterville and Winslow). They are offering implementation grants up to $3000 to help successful programs reach their goals to increase access to healthy food.
We are looking for non-profits with proven success in the areas of: Food & Transportation; Wasted Food Recovery / Food Waste Diversion; Gardening / Grow your own food opportunities; Youth Engagement in local food systems and/or social justice work around hunger and poverty; Community Meals; Food Pantries/ Food Banks; and Local Food Access.
Application deadline: March 13, 2019.
Read "ME" Agriculture 2019
March 2019
Our 2019 Read "ME" Agriculture book is "Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse" by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, illustrated by 
Kathryn Mitter.
Looking for lessons and activities to follow up or accompany the book? Check out New Hampshire Ag in the Classroom's "Tapping Into Maple Tradition" Curriculum.
Did you participate in this year's program? Please help us to continue this program by filling out our online evaluation!

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. Donate Here.
TeacherResources  Lessons:
- From Sap to Syrup. Grades K-2.  Students will recognize how geography and climate allow for the growth of maple trees and the process of making syrup. They will identify the characteristics of maple trees that produce the best sap for making maple syrup and name the steps in the process of creating syrup from sap.
- 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.
- Robots in High-Tech Farming. Grades 6-8. Students will discover the four main components of robots, explore how robots are used in agriculture, and program and operate a robot to address a farming challenge.
- Nutrition Across the Lifespan. Grades 9-12. Students will trace the energy and nutrition requirements of the human lifecycle from beginning to end and identify the physical and cognitive growth happening in each phase of life.

Agricultural Inventions: At the Top of the Field
Agricultural Drones
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
Maple Syrup From the Sugarhouse
At Grandpa's Sugar Bush
Sugar Snow
Sugarbush Spring

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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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