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Waterville Jr. High School
March 16, 2018

Read ME Agriculture
March 19-23, 2018

First Day of Spring!
March 20, 2018

Maine Flower Show
Thompson's Point
March 22-25, 2018

Maine Maple Sunday
March 25, 2018

Maine Nutrition CouncilAnnual Conference
"Sustainable Nutrition for ME"
USM Lewiston-Auburn Campus
April 11, 2018

Maine Academy of Natural Sciences
Hinckley, ME
April 28, 2018

Windsor Fairgrounds
May 17, 2018

Southern Maine Children's Water Festival
University of Southern Maine - Portland Campus
May 18, 2018

University of Maine at Farmington
May 18-20, 2018

2017 Grant Reports DUE
June 1, 2018

2018 MAITC Grant Applications DUE
June 7, 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
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 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.
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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March Newsletter
 March means Read ME is here!
March means Read "ME" Agriculture is here!  Volunteer readers will be going into 700 classrooms all over the state, reading this year's book Applesauce Day and providing lessons and resources to teachers. 
Missed the sign up? Contact us to see if there are still materials available, and mark your calendars to sign up for next year by January 1st!

The Maine School Garden Network, in collaboration with Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, will host a full day of hands on workshops, presentations and discussions. Register today!

Do you have an agricultural field trip idea? Need some materials for your school garden? Want to bring your FFA chapter to state convention? Looking for funding for other ways to incorporate agriculture into your classroom???
You're in luck! Our request for applications for our 2018 grants program is available on our website!
Apps are due June 7th! Get started today!


The National Ag in the Classroom Conference is coming to Maine in late June!  Scholarships are available for teachers!

 Contact the office if you have questions!

Click here for more information on the conference.
Healthy Kids Hero 2018: Speaking Up For Safety
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Kathy Murray recognized as  an inspirational leader who demonstrates an extraordinary sense of responsibility and commitment to the safety of children and the community.
Sustainable Nutrition for ME!
Register today for the Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference!  The conference will be held at  the Univeristy of Souther n Maine  Lewiston-Auburn College  in Lewiston, ME on  Wednesday, April 11th, 8:00am-3:30pm Keynote Speaker:   Dr. Miriam Nelson , UNH Sustainability Institute.  Topics for the day include:  Sustainable dietary guidance, cooking demo basics, connecting local foods to cafeterias and institutions, sustainable seafood, and more!  Stay up to date by checking the MNC website and Facebook page .

The Northeast Livestock Expo Kids Day will take place this year on Thursday, May 17th at the Windsor Fairgrounds. MAITC is a sponsor for busing for this event. 
Registration forms are on the Kids Day websitePlease contact Cindy Kilgore for more information.
Feeding better Futures
Calling all young scholars who are advancing sustainable agriculture or alleviating hunger.
General Mills has launched the " General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program," which is designed to encourage young people ages 13 to 21 to submit their best ideas for addressing these important global issues.
Check out this great opportunity! Submit your idea by March 5th.

Food, Farms, & Forest Search
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is the State's lead agency dealing with all aspects of the food system from the field to the table. The Department maintains a mission of fostering opportunities for the agricultural community and of promoting stewardship of Maine's natural resources. Their website is home to a vast directory of information. You can search farms all over the state and use their advanced search to narrow down your results! Find fairs, farmers markets, and great field trip locations to take your students! Check it out!
Grades 4 through 12 Teachers & Community Leaders
Waterville Jr. High School
Friday, March 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Learn about the newly designed STEM curriculum and a maple syrup project at Waterville Jr. HS with 
Jason Cyr, Science teacher and Maine 
Guide.  Workshop facilitators include Jason Cyr; Morten Moesswilde, forester with the Maine Forest Service; and Pat Maloney. All participants will receive a PLT Curriculum Guide, six contact hours and learn about the latest e-units from National PLT. For more information.  

- Hatching Science with Classroom ChicksGrades: K-5. Students will explore how an embryo develops inside of a chicken egg over time, discuss life cycles and other natural cycles, and observe similarities and differences between parents and offspring.
- Pancakes! Grades: 1-5. Students will describe the physical properties of materials and observe physical and chemical changes as they learn about the ingredients in pancakes and how maple syrup is harvested from trees.
- Inside the Egg, Hatching Chicks. Grades K-5.  Students will learn about biology by studying embryo development in chicken eggs.
- Peas in a Pod . Grades: 3-5.  Students will explore the concept of inherited traits by using magnetic pompoms to diagram Punnett squares and will learn about the significance of Gregor Mendel's discoveries related to heredity.
- Flower Power. Grades 3-8.  Students will observe physical characteristics of flowers and explore principles of pollination.
- Entomology Explorations . Grades 6-12. From Discovery Education.   Explore how insects are classified, techniques for collecting them, data about the species and numbers of insects around the school campus to explain how insect diversity is an important indicator for ecosystem health. Introduce students to citizen science projects and experience how they can be powerful tools to help scientists and entomologists answer important scientific questions about insect populations around the world.

Maine Maple Sunday is March 25th!  
Check out the AWESOME Maple curriculum produced by New Hampshire Ag in the Classroom! Lessons, videos, and companion resources!

Sugarbush Spring
The Reason for a Flower
When the Bees Fly Home
Achoo! Why Pollen Counts
Hatching Chicks in Room 6
Tillie Lays an Egg
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County
The Beeman
The Story of Seeds

How Does it Grow? Apple
How Does it Grow? Apples
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"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public" 

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