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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

Maine Nutrition Council
Annual Conference
USM Lewiston-Auburn Campus
April 11, 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

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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

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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. 



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January Newsletter
Mark your calendars for January 9-11th to visit MAITC at the A gricultural Trades Show located at the Augusta Civic Center.  For more information.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
9-11am, Augusta Civic Center
Join the Maine Nutrition Council for their January Educational Event at the Agricultural Trades Show!  Louis Bassano from the UMaine Extension will be speaking on "Trends in the Specialty Food Industry."
What's hot? What's not? Why does it matter? Learn about the latest research on consumer food beliefs, behaviors and projected trends for the 21st Century Consumer. This workshop will feature a discussion on the specialty food industry including important food trends that are driving sales. The presenter will discuss key attitudes and habits of Millennials and suggest ways that food manufacturers can market to this important consumer group. In addition, the differences between Millennials, Gen X'ers, and Baby Boomers will be explored.
Pre-register by email to Kelsey.
An Afternoon of Aquaponics at Sanford Junior High
What:  An afternoon for educators to get together and share best practices that they implement with their systems, or for those that would like to set up a system.
When:  Tues. Feb. 6th, 3:30 -5ish
(Snow date  Thurs. Feb. 8th, 3:30-5ish)
Where:  708 Main St., Sanford, ME 04073 Room 37 
RSVP Diana 
Resource: Food Chemistry Experiments

Check out this teacher resource on Food Chemistry ExperimentsThis free, downloadable 60-page booklet contains seven basic food science experiments designed for middle and high school students. Includes teacher/student activity guides.
Which means a great time to learn about oats! Check out this lesson for grades 3 and 4.  Students will be able to explain the history of oats and locate where they are grown on a Maine map. They will be able to identify what part of the plant oats are from and their climate requirements. Students will also use writing techniques to write about nutrition and the importance of oats. It also includes some great recipes using oats!
Session Highlight
Kelp in the Classroom: Engaging Students through Aquaculture
Presentation from the Island Institute. Participants will experience a number of lesson plans including kelp anatomy and habitat, water quality monitoring, kelp aquaculture gear, and cooking with kelp. Information on connecting with other teachers and industry professionals through the Aquaculture Educators Network will be shared as will resources including books, film and information on accessing technical assistance. Be ready to get your hands on some seaweed!

More information to come! Stay up to date by checking the MNC website and Facebook page.
Materials Still Available! This year's Read ME book is  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. For more info and to sign up .
- My Farm WebGrades: K-2. Students use the visual representation of a web to explore the role of agriculture in their daily lives and understand how most of the necessities of life can be traced back to the farm.
FoodMASTER: Measurement. Grades: 3-5. Students will learn where the ingredients in a cookie are made and make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to practice their measurement skills and fractional mathematics. 
- Serious Cereal Science. Grades: 6-8. Students will develop an appreciation for the extensive materials and career fields provided by agriculture, specifically as related to cereal grain production, processing, and consumption. Activities include playing a game in which students become agronomy specialists, mapping the top grain-producing states, and watching videos about careers related to grain production.
- Lactose Lab: Some Don't Like it Sweet. Grades 9-12. In this lesson students will learn the chemistry and composition of milk, identify the difference between a monosaccharide and disaccharide, and carry out a laboratory activity testing the effect of the enzyme lactase on various milks.

Books :
All in Just One Cookie
Eating Fractions
Look Inside Food
Glorious Grasses: The Grains
An Orange in January
Harvest Year
If It Weren't for Farmers

How Does it Grow? Oranges
How Does it Grow? Oranges

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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