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University of Maine at Farmington
July 31 - August 4
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*Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Spring 2017

Grant Ideas 

Kids Gardening Grants

 

Future Organic Farmer Grant 

 

Green Works Grant 

 

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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Looking for a  presenter or field trips ? Check out our
Teachers Resource Guide

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.
 
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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Agriculture License Plate

Funding from this plate has impacted 84,000 students in 2015 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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January Newsletter
#64
2017

 

Happy 2017 From Maine Agriculture in the Classroom!

State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show!


Come visit MAITC January 10-12th at the Agricultural Trades Show located at the Augusta Civic Center.
Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?
Join the Maine Nutrition Council at the Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center in the Waldo Room on Thursday January 12th at 10am in viewing the film Just Eat It! Followed by discussion.
Visit the Maine Nutrition Council website for more information.
Upcoming Workshop!
Curriculum Connections for School Garden Projects -
A workshop for teachers and school garden educators
Details:
January 20, 2017     
8:30 - 4:00
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Augusta, ME
118 Marquardt Building, Door D7
(32 Blossom Lane, for GPS)

Participants will receive
7 contact hours or .7 CEU's from the University of Maine
Project Food, Land and People, 55-lesson Curriculum Supplement
Nutrients for Life Materials
Wild Blueberry Curricula
And much more!

Cost is $50 per educator - Scholarships are available!
Registration Deadline:  January 6, 2017
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Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference
  Eat for the Health of it!
Save the date, Monday, April 10th for the Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference: Eat for the Health of it! The conference will be held at  MaineGeneral Health in Augusta. 
Dr. Saray Stancic will be the keynote speaker. 
Visit the Maine Nutrition Council website for updates and registration details.
Maine School Garden Day
May 6, 2017

This year's Maine School Garden Day will take place on Saturday, May 6th, at Falmouth High School from 8-4, a full day of classes, exhibits, and more! This is a K-12 educator training workshop and all participants will receive certificates for contact hours or CEU's. The cost of the day is $25($35 after April 30) and includes a local foods lunch. Scholarships are available. Click here to register now!!
2017 Summer Teacher's Institute!
July 31 - August 4 at  UMF

This year's Summer Teacher's Institute will be the week of July 31st through August 4th at the University of Maine at Farmington. Stay tuned for more information.
Read Me Agriculture Week 2017
March 20-24
Each PreK-4 classroom will receive a copy of the book with lesson ideas, and information on Maine Agriculture given by a volunteer reader from the area. 
Readers still needed. Classrooms still being accepted while the supply of materials lasts!
Teacher Resources!

Lessons:
- Fruits of our Labor Grades: K-2.  Students will discover how fresh fruits can be dried and preserved by participating in an activity where they make raisins by drying grapes.
- Bartering Through the Seasons Grades: 3-5.  Students will learn about the seasons, become familiar with the process of wool production, and explore how trade and barter have historically allowed people to satisfy their needs and wants.
- The Columbian Exchange of Old and New World Foods Grades 5-12.  Students will explore New World and Old World food origins to understand how the Columbian Exchange altered people's lives worldwide.
- Planet Zircon Grades: 6-8.  Students will explore the connection between individual behavior and resource use, learn the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources, and identify careers related to natural resource management by playing an active, futuristic game in which teams have to collect limited resources from Planet Zorcon.
- Let's Go Shopping! Grades: K-5.  Students will learn the differences between needs and wants, goods and services, and producers and consumers by participating in a grocery store simulation, exploring the source of grocery store items, and designing their own products to sell.
- Understanding Bacteria Grades 6-12. This lesson introduces students to food safety, the 4 Cs of Food Safety, the Farm-to-Table Continuum, who's responsible for keeping our food safe, and the link between food safety and other content areas. Students will also be challenged to hypothesize about where most bacteria are found and develop awareness that bacteria are everywhere and that various surfaces might have different levels of organisms.

Books:
  • All in Just One Cookie
  • An Orange in January
  • Snow Comes to the Farm
  • I Can Read About Seasons
  • It Feels Like Snow
  • Where Does Food Come From
Activities

Learn More:
  • Check out these STEM Coordinators On the Farm Experience
  • EverFi  offers online digital courses available to K-12 schools at no charge, through partnerships with private-sector leaders, forward-leaning foundations  and non-profits. Topics include: STEM Readiness, Health & Wellness, Financial Education, Diversity & Inclusion, and Career Leadership & Success.  Learn more.

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"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public" 

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