Get growing with a 4X8 raised bed garden, drip irrigation system & classroom hydroponic system! This grant includes everything you need for successful growing anywhere in NM, including training and curriculum resources!

Deadline to apply is Saturday, May 2, 2020!
What Previous Grant Recipients Have to Say:

"I am in love with our hydroponic system. It is so cool! My kinders have learned about life cycles, living vs nonliving, seasons and soil. They are curious as to why dill the plant tastes like pickles." - Amber Spence, Dexter, NM

"The materials have provided more hands on learning opportunities for our students. The students have told us they feel more responsible for what they are learning because of the hydroponics growing kit. We have new science curriculum and the 5th grade project for the year was to grow something without soil so it was perfect timing." - Kristi Victor, Elida, NM

"The materials are very hands on and interesting to students. This project definitely takes away from pencil and paper and allows to kids to get their hands dirty. We definitely get fun science curriculum out of these projects." - Benjamin Espinosa, Rio Gallinas Charter School

"Students are very engaged in the NM Grow project. Not only are the student who signed up for the course enthusiastic, but also students who did not sign up are asking to participate."
-Scott Meihack, Jemez Valley High School

Grant Made Possible By:
New Mexico Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year To
Receive National Teacher of Excellence In Teaching About Agriculture Award
The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Credit partner each year to honor teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from around the country for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, STEM, STEAM and more. A big congratulations goes out to NM teacher, Cindy Lee, for being one of only eight national award recipients for this prestigious award!
The 2020 NM Ag Literacy Project is going strong! We have numerous FFA Chapters and AGvocates that are prepared to deliver classroom presentations!
Thank you to these volunteers for participating in trainings for "First Peas to the Table" Project:
NM FFA Summer Camp Officer Training
NMSU Sigma Alpha
Logan FFA
Mountainair FFA
Imago Dei Academy FFA
Loving FFA
Moriarty FFA
Cobre FFA
Deming FFA & SWCD
Cliff FFA
Valencia FFA
Mesa Vista FFA
Rio Arriba Extension
Aztec FFA
Shiprock FFA
Hagerman FFA
Roswell High FFA
These volunteers have project materials:
Corona FFA
Coronado FFA
Clovis FFA
Crystal Goff- Lea County Extension
Deveri Matthews- Roosevelt Co AGvocate
Ft. Sumner FFA
Bloomfield FFA

Request an NM Ag Literacy
Classroom Presentation or Training at:
Please help us congratulate Britney Lardner, our new NMAITC Coordinator! Britney was born and raised in New Mexico, graduating from Belen High School in 2009. She went on to pursue her growing passion for teaching and agriculture by graduating from New Mexico State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education & Extension. She then ventured over to Oklahoma State University to earn her Master of Agriculture degree in International Agriculture, graduating in 2015. For the next 4 years, Britney has dedicated her time to focus on her family back in Albuquerque, but still found time to volunteer with the Ag In The Classroom program as the Bernalillo County “Agvocate.” We are excited to have her on the NMAITC team!

Contact Info:
Britney Lardner at

Thank You To These Continued 2020 Sponsors:
Great Things Ahead for NM Ag in the Classroom!
NM Farm & Livestock Bureau Foundation Board Members Make A Difference!
We appreciate our volunteer NMF&LB Foundation Board members and the difference they are making!
Not pictured: Patricia Hunt & Casey Spradley
Welcome to Randy Bernhardt to the NM Ag in the Classroom Team!
We are excited to announce Randy Bernhardt as our new fund development consultant. Mr. Bernhardt is the president of Bernhardt Consulting Co.  Bernhardt has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential since 2000.  He earned a MS at the University of Illinois and a BS at Michigan State University. Mr. Bernhardt brings a lot of great fundraising experience to the table and we are so excited to have his help in growing programming for NM Ag in the Classroom!
Contact Info:
Randy Bernhardt at