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Summer Garden Success Tour
September TBA

Let's Go! 5210 School Symposiums
Bangor, ME
October 25, 2018
Portland, ME
October 26, 2018

Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance Conference
The Samoset Resort
Rockland, ME
November 4-6, 2018

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

Grant Ideas

Fuel Up to Play 60


Whole Kids Foundation


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


Captain Planet Foundation Grants


Sustainable Agriculture Grants for Farmers and Educators

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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July Newsletter
National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 2018
Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea!
Portland, ME

The last week of June was a whirlwind of fun including exciting tours and great educational sessions and workshops! We welcomed 500 teachers, educators, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and guests to our great state for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, held in Portland, ME. To view more pictures from the conference, please visit our Facebook page!
Gearing up for School Garden Grown!
The Maine School Garden Network invites you to promote your school garden and "show off" your  School Garden Grown ! We know how hard you work and we want to see the fruits (and veggies) of your labor. The program will be offered starting at Bangor Fair and many of the other Agricultural Fairs throughout Maine, including Fryeburg and Common Ground Fair later in the fall. We are working to create exhibit opportunities (including prize money to support your school garden program) and to promote educational gardens throughout Maine.
Want to "show off"? Here's how:
1) Let MSGN know -  Email MSGN to receive more info
2) Start planning - What fruits or veggies would you like to enter? Now is the time to sow the seeds for success! View fair dates and detailed entry information in fair books  online .
3) Stay tuned - More information about participating fairs to come!  
Got questions? Email  anytime
Activity: Fruit & Vegetable Bingo!

Through this fun activity, students will recognize names of different fruits and vegetable and understand why they are important. Check it out here.
Ahhh the sweet smell of SUCCESS! Join the Maine School Garden Network for the first ever "Summer Garden Success Tour." Meet garden educators and see their programs first hand. Network with other garden goers, experience a showcase of MSGN's program offerings, and learn about ways to enhance the success of your summer garden program. 
Participation for this September event will be limited so if you dig it and wish to stay informed as details emerge send an email to letting us know how to keep you informed over the summer. Wishing you a growing success, see you in September!
Ecosystem in a Bottle

Check out this blog post from Nutrients For Life to learn about how you can model a sustainable ecosystem in a bottle and get great resources and materials to help you!

Whole Kids Foundation

The Whole Kids Foundation offers some great hands on activities for kids.  Check out some of their other great resources too, including curriculum, grants, and materials!
Putting Up Shoots - Aquaponics Association 2018 Conference
Hartford, CT
The Aquaponics Association's annual conference is to advance the practice of aquaponics by connecting growers, researchers and enthusiasts from around the world.  This three-day aquaponicsconference will feature:
  • the top aquaponics experts from around the world;
  • tours of commercial aquaponics operations;
  • a vendor showroom with the latest aquaponics technology;
  • live builds and hands-on demonstrations; and
  • interactive discussions and social events for aquaponics growers of all stripes to collaborate.
Date: September 21-23, 2018. For more information visit their website.
TeacherResources  Lessons:
- Pigs on the Farm. Grades K-2. Students will explore the basic needs of animals and create a model of a modern pig barn that will help farmers meet the needs of the animals. 
- Cultures, Food, and Communities Around the World. Grades 3-5.  Students will explore different cultures around the world, compare worldwide communities with local communities, and explain the interrelationship between the environment and community development. 
- A Chilling Investigation. Grades 6-8. Students will observe the difference in bacterial count between a hamburger that's left out at room temperature and a hamburger that's kept refrigerated. The lab reinforces the concept that food must be properly chilled in order for it to remain safe to eat. This lab will be conducted as a teacher demonstration.
- Build it Better. Grades 6-8. In this lesson students investigate animal handling preferences and design a cattle corral system that is durable, efficient, and effective. Students will also discover the skills needed to be an agricultural engineer.
- Cooking Right: The Science of Cooking a Hamburger. Grades 9-12. Through a series of 4 Labs, students will explore the 4 Cs of Food Safety: clean, cook, chill, and combat cross-contamination (separate.) Hamburger is used for the labs, as it is a food that students are familiar with and may be cooking at home. Lab 4 is a review and summary of what the students have learned about the 4 Cs and encourages them to apply these principles to their everyday life.

What's For Lunch?
The Hungry Planet
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin
The Most Magnificent Thing

New Peterson Farm Bros Video: Tractorstuck (Thunderstruck Parody)
New Peterson Farm Bros Video: Tractorstuck (Thunderstruck Parody)

More Companion Resources:
- Food Safety MusicWith a few clicks you can be on your way learning (and hearing) about food safety through song and video. Songs address a wide variety of food safety topics and have been developed for diverse audiences including children, health professionals, food service workers, food regulators, and teachers.
- Lose a Million Bacteria The GameBased on the popular TV game show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?", this activity allows students to put their food safety knowledge to the test. It reinforces safe food handling practices, promotes cooperative learning, encourages class participation, and reviews food safety in a fun, interactive way.
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"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public" 

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