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How Will We Sustainably Feed 9 Billion People by the Year 2050? 

Journey2050 explores world food sustainability and how our decisions impact social, economic and environmental factors both locally and globally.  Grade 7-12 students learn from farm families in Kenya, India and Canada as they strive to feed a growing population.  As the students interact with each family, they learn about best management practices and the impact that our present-day decisions will have on our future lives. Using an interactive farming game, animated videos and hands-on activities, students will experience agriculture in a new way.  Lesson plans are provided to round out this curriculum-based program.          Journey2050 website

Webinar:  Revitalizing Elementary Science through 3-D Inter Ag tion

Join National Agriculture in the Classroom and the NSTA on Wednesday, September 20th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  to revitalize your science curriculum and engage your students experientially with the three dimensions of science learning (science and engineering practices, cross cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas) through the context of agriculture!

An Inter Ag tion contextualizes the concepts of lifecycles, heredity, weather, ecosystems, and microorganisms within the real-world setting of growing plants, raising chickens, farming and gardening, examining bees, and exploring nutrition (farm to fork)! Teachers and Inter Ag tion Specialists will share classroom-ready resources and their experiences with three-dimensional learning and cross-disciplinary approaches for science, reading, mathematics, and social studies.

NH Soil Judging Contest

Consider convening a team of students to participate in the long standing NH Soil Judging Contest.  There are materials to help guide students and the Belknap County Conservation District is available to meet with your students as they prepare for the contest.  This is a free, educational event for NH high school students. 
DATE & TIME:     Thursday, October 5, 2017, 8am to 12pm  
LOCATION:         UNH Kingman Farm, Madbury, NH  
REGISTRATION: Register student teams online at  by                            September 30, 2017. 
DETAILS: Read more about the Soil Judging Contest online at, or contact us. This is an opportunity for students to receive hands-on technical soils training, interact with natural resources professionals, and compete! This event compliments earth sciences and environmental conservation curricula, and can help students prepare for the NH Envirothon competition. 
NHAITC Teacher of the Year Award

Do you or a coworker integrate agriculture into your classroom?  Here  is an opportunity to recognize an outstanding New Hampshire elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects.  

The winner will be recognized in the spring at the Granite State Association of FFA Convention and will be submitted to National Agriculture in the Classroom to be considered for the Excellence in Teaching Award. Winners may also be considered for a registration scholarship at the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, ME.    
                        Applications are due November 6, 2017.     
Free School Garden Soil Testing


The NH Master Gardener Association is offering 50 free soil tests throughout NH. These tests will only be used for school gardens and limited to  5 tests per county. In counties where more than 5 schools apply, we will have a lottery.  If you need a Master Gardener to assist in collecting samples and interpreting the test results, please indicate that on your application.                                                    application  due 9/15/17
Classroom Grant Opportunity
The CHS Foundation and National Agriculture in the Classroom are partnering again this school year to offer CHS Classroom Grants. Teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade can apply to help fund projects that teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more through agriculture.  Fifteen $500 grants will be awarded.  The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.

                          application and more information   
Training Garden Educators Webinar

School Garden Support Organizations work to prepare teachers, organization staff, and community volunteers to lead students in garden-based learning activities. Learn different approaches School Garden Support Organizations use to lead high quality professional development for garden educators. Hosted by Vanessa Ford, Director of Training & Curriculum Development, REAL School Gardens. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organizations (SGSO) Best Practices Webinar Series hosted by the National School Garden Network (NSGN).      

Tuesday, September 12th      4:00-5:00 pm        register here

To find more information and learn about the other webinars in the series, visit the website.
Purple Plow Challenge

There is a new Purple Plow Challenge: Save the Soil! The challenge will ask students to research, design, construct, test and report on a solution to local top soil erosion concerns.  The contest is sponsored by the  American Farm Bureau Foundation and they will provide:
  • An easy to follow facilitator's guide
  • A student guide
  • A content packet with background information on soil erosion
Visit the Purple Plow Challenge website to learn more! The contest will run until November 1.
Share Your Stories

Let us know how you have incorporated agriculture into your classrooms - gardens, hydroponics, maple production, field trips, other lessons . . . We would love to feature your agricultural classroom connections in an upcoming newsletter.  Please email details and approved pictures to


NHAITC has free seeds available for classroom projects.  They are a year old, but should germinate just fine.  Please email requests to

Be A DetEGGtive             grades K-2
Students will conduct a series of scientific investigations, identify and explain unique properties of eggs based on scientific investigations, and write a book to explain what they have learned.

Charting Agricultural Careers   grades 6-8
Students will explore the current and future needs required to produce food, clothing, shelter, and fuel; and the variety of agricultural STEM careers requiring critical thinkers and problem solvers to meet our needs.

Agricultural Production Regions in the United States                        grades 9-12
Students will investigate U.S. crop and livestock production and analyze the relevance of land use models in contemporary agricultural production.

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix
An online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers.

Belknap County School to Farm Day
September 20th 
Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford

NEA-NH Fall Instructional Conference 
October 6th
Bow High School
NHAITC will be offering two workshops - one on integrating agriculture in your classroom and the second on our the Tapping Into Maple Tradition program.

NH Science Teachers Fall Conference
October 16th
Church Landing in Meredith
Join us for a workshop on Tapping Into Maple Tradition

NH Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
November 10, 2017
Keene, NH

Plan ahead for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference  to be held in Portland, ME!
June 26-29, 2018
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     Debbi Cox, State Coordinator               (603) 224-1934 
     Deb Robie, Grafton County Coordinator