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Open Farm Day
Farms across the state!
July 28, 2019

Summer Teacher's Institute
"Agriculture for ME 
o n  Land & Sea"
University of New England
Biddeford, ME
July 29 - August 2, 2019

MSGN Resource Rally
Hollis Elementary School
August 1, 2019

MAITC 2019 Grants Program Submission DEADLINE
August 9, 2019

Maine Farm Days
Misty Meadows Farm
Clinton, ME
August 21-22, 2019

MSGN Resource Rally
September 20, 2019

Maine Farm to School Conference
Kennebec Valley Community College - Harold Alfond Campus
Hinckley, ME
October 4, 2019

Let's Go! School Symposiums
Orono, ME -  October 17th
Portland, ME - October 18th

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
"Life Stages: Oral Health and Nutrition"
University of Maine at Augusta - Bangor Campus
3pm - 5pm
October 30, 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
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
July Newsletter

Each year, MAITC recognizes an outstanding Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects.
Our 2019 Teacher of the Year, Lynn Snow, just returned from attending the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, AR! Next year's winner will receive a trip to Salt Lake City, UT!
Know a great teacher who's incorporating ag into their classroom? 
Nominate them to be our 2020 Teacher of the Year!
Teachers can be nominated or submit an application themselves.

Applications are due August 9th! Apply Today!
The Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Council will award grants in 5 categories, totaling up to $60,000 in support of Maine agriculture education in grade levels pre-kindergarten through 12 as a direct result of the Maine Agricultural Specialty License Plate. Suitable projects will promote an understanding of the food and fiber system in the state and the nation through the infusion of agricultural con cepts into PreK-12 th  grade level curricula.

Summer Teacher's Institute!
"Agriculture for ME on Land & Sea"

July 29 - August 2

University of New England
Biddeford, ME

There are just a few spots left for Summer Teachers Institute. Interested teachers should register right away. 

FoodCorps Service 
Members Needed!
Are you  interested in education, gardening, food sovereignty, food access, nutrition, childhood obesity, and agriculture? 
Becoming a FoodCorps Service Member might be right for you! 
For more information, contact the State Program Manager, Ryan Parker .
Fall 2019 Purple Plow Challenge
Agriculture consumes large amounts of energy in the production of our food. In this challenge, students will learn about energy and they will design, build and share a solution that diversifies energy consumption.  Click here for more information about the challenge and how you can sign up!
School Garden Grown 

Do you want to display your school garden grown produce in exhibits at your local agricultural fair and for an opportunity to win prize money?

If you want more information or plan to submit, contact Jared.

New Maine Harvest of the Month Program
The Maine Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a campaign that helps to promote the use of seasonally available, local products in schools, institutions, and communities. The program, which highlights a different Maine product each month, aims to provide students with local and healthy produce, while supporting Maine's farmers and producers.
For more information, contact the HOM Program Manager, Jenn So.
Harvest of the Month
July is Maine Summer Squash Month!
Check out the great HOM materials: Maine Summer Squash Poster, Maine Summer Squash Fact Sheet.
Check out our teacher resources section below for lessons, books, videos, and other classroom resources!
Maine Farm to School Conference!
Registration is now open for the Maine Farm to School Conference happening on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Kennebec Valley Community College Alfond Campus in Hinckley, ME. Register today!

Life Stages: Oral Health and Nutrition
Nutritional status and oral health have an interconnected relationship. Attend our fall educational event and learn the nutritional aspects of dental and tissue health ages 0-99. Diet is important in the development, maintenance and repair of soft and hard oral tissues. Join in as we review the causes, assessment, prevention and treatment of dental caries, root caries, periodontal disease and the correlation to nutrition.
This event will include a clinical tour of the state-of-the-art UMA dental clinic. The dental programs provides instructional education for dental hygiene and assisting students and is an amazing resource to the community.
Educator:  Kathryn Walker, RDH, EFDA, MS.Ed
Location: University of Maine at Augusta - Bangor Campus
Dental Health Programs
201 Texas Avenue, College Center
Bangor, Maine
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 30, 3-5pm
Earn certificates for 2 contact hours.
Free for members, $15 for non-members.
Please pre-register by e-mail for the event to Kelsey.

TeacherResources  Lessons:
July is Maine Summer Squash Month! 
- Squash. Grades K-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.
- Plant, Harvest, Eat. Grades 3-5. Students partner with a local farm to bring food full cycle, from seed to crops, from harvest to table.  Students plant, grow and harvest food crops for the cafeteria and learn about the growing process in the classroom.  After harvesting the school purchases the local produce from the farm and school nutrition experts whip up delicious recipes for all students to enjoy.
- Seed Germination Competition. Grades 3-5. Students will sprout seeds in different conditions to learn how seeds germinate.
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.
- Can We Have Too Much of a Good Thing? Grades 6-8. In this lesson students will understand that plants require nutrients in the proper concentrations. Students will discover that plants can be damaged or killed by either too many or too few nutrients.
- Chain of Food. Grades 9-12. Students will explore the path food takes along the Farm-to-Table Continuum. They will begin on the farm and investigate food safety issues during processing, transportation, at restaurants and supermarkets, and finally, in their own homes. Teams will identify how food can become contaminated along the continuum and develop and present strategies for preventing contamination at each step.

Sophie's Squash
Our School Garden
Lily's Garden
Agriculture for ME
Read our Agriculture for ME book online here !

Summer Squash 101
Summer Squash 101

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

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