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MAITC 2019 Grants Program Submission DEADLINE
August 9, 2019

Maine Farm Days
Misty Meadows Farm
Clinton, ME
August 21-22, 2019
 
MSGN Resource Rally
Portland, ME
August 25, 2019

MSGN Resource Rally
at Commonground Country Fair
MOFGA
September 20, 2019

Maine Farm to School Conference
Kennebec Valley Community College - Harold Alfond Campus
Hinckley, ME
October 4, 2019

Let's Go! School Symposiums
Orono, ME -  October 17th
Portland, ME - October 18th

MSGN Resource Rally
Cobscook Community Learning Center,  North Trescott ,   ME
October 19, 2019

Maine Nutrition Council Educational Event
"Life Stages: Oral Health and Nutrition"
University of Maine at Augusta - Bangor Campus
3pm - 5pm
October 30, 2019
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Teach ME about Food & Farms
 
*Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Fall 2019
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Special Programs
Maple Curriculum Support: Tapping into Maple Tradition - Lessons for K-12 Classrooms.

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. 

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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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28 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
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The Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Association
The Non-profit, completely volunteer, portion of MAITC.
These funds are used directly to support teacher scholarships and recognition, and support volunteer participation for Ag education programs.  Your donation is completely tax deductible and you can make a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation which will support the mission, "to promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public." 
If you have any other questions or would like to join this group please contact the chairman, Maryjane Stafford
August Newsletter
#95
2019


Applications are due August 9th! Apply Today!
The Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Council will award grants in 5 categories, totaling up to $60,000 in support of Maine agriculture education in grade levels pre-kindergarten through 12 as a direct result of the Maine Agricultural Specialty License Plate. Suitable projects will promote an understanding of the food and fiber system in the state and the nation through the infusion of agricultural con cepts into PreK-12 th  grade level curricula.
Summer Teacher's Institute Recap
  
Summer Teacher's Institute at the University of New England last week was a SUCCESS! A full cohort of teachers got to experience in the classroom presentations and curriculum demos on topics including bees, writing, maple, worm composting, food preservation, aquaculture, ag careers, and more! Then we had two days traveling around Southern Maine visiting farms and agribusinesses. Visit our facebook page to see more pictures!

Each year, MAITC recognizes an outstanding Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects.
Our 2019 Teacher of the Year, Lynn Snow, just returned from attending the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, AR! Next year's winner will receive a trip to Salt Lake City, UT!
Know a great teacher who's incorporating ag into their classroom? 
Nominate them to be our 2020 Teacher of the Year!
Teachers can be nominated or submit an application themselves.
Please submit the application to MAITC by 5:00 on October 4, 2019, by email or mail to: MAITC, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333

School Garden Grown 

Do you want to display your school garden grown produce in exhibits at your local agricultural fair and for an opportunity to win prize money?

If you want more information or plan to submit, contact Jared.

CHS Classroom Grants Available!
Pre-K - 12th grade teachers with agriculture-related projects in need of funding are invited to apply for  CHS  Foundation Classroom Grants! The  CHS  Foundation and National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization partner each year to offer this grant opportunity.  Projects funded in the past include school gardens, embryology projects and other agriculture-related initiatives that help educators teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more.  Fifteen $500 grants will be awarded. The deadline for applications is September 15th. 

Maine Farm to School Conference!

Registration is now open for the Maine Farm to School Conference happening on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Kennebec Valley Community College Alfond Campus in Hinckley, ME. Register today!

New Maine Harvest of the Month Program
The Maine Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a campaign that helps to promote the use of seasonally available, local products in schools, institutions, and communities. The program, which highlights a different Maine product each month, aims to provide students with local and healthy produce, while supporting Maine's farmers and producers.
For more information, contact the HOM Program Manager, Jenn So.
Harvest of the Month
August is Maine Cucumbers Month!

Check out the great HOM materials: Maine Cucumbers Fact Sheet, Maine Cucumbers Poster.
Check out our teacher resources section below for lessons, books, videos, and other classroom resources!
New Berry Book added to the My Little Ag Me Series

The My Little Ag Me book series is a free downloadable and printable book series designed to introduce agricultural careers to youth. The newest book, "A Berry Good Project" features a class put in charge of a strawberry field. 
Fall 2019 Purple Plow Challenge
Agriculture consumes large amounts of energy in the production of our food. In this challenge, students will learn about energy and they will design, build and share a solution that diversifies energy consumption.  Click here for more information about the challenge and how you can sign up!
Life Stages: Oral Health and Nutrition
Nutritional status and oral health have an interconnected relationship. Attend our fall educational event and learn the nutritional aspects of dental and tissue health ages 0-99. Diet is important in the development, maintenance and repair of soft and hard oral tissues. Join in as we review the causes, assessment, prevention and treatment of dental caries, root caries, periodontal disease and the correlation to nutrition.
This event will include a clinical tour of the state-of-the-art UMA dental clinic. The dental programs provides instructional education for dental hygiene and assisting students and is an amazing resource to the community.
Educator:  Kathryn Walker, RDH, EFDA, MS.Ed
Location: University of Maine at Augusta - Bangor Campus
Dental Health Programs
201 Texas Avenue, College Center
Bangor, Maine
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 30, 3-5pm
Earn certificates for 2 contact hours.
Free for members, $15 for non-members.
Please pre-register by e-mail for the event to Kelsey.

New Resource:  Aeroponic Garden Kit

From National Ag in the Classroom Store
Aeroponics is a plant cultivation technique where plant roots are suspended in the air and misted with a nutrient and water solution. The  Aeroponic Garden Kit  provides everything except a 5-gallon bucket for students to create their own aeroponic garden.
TeacherResources  Lessons:
August is Maine Cucumbers Month! 
- Pushy Plants. Grades PreK-5.  Students will learn that all living things depend on plants and that plants that "overgrow" will threaten their habitat. They will also learn about invasive and endangered species of plants. Using their new vocabulary, students will play games and talk about methods to control these species.
Exploring Texture in the Garden. Grades K-5. Students will explore living and nonliving things, determine how nonliving resources help sustain plant life, and experiment with visual arts techniques through an examination of texture in the natural world. Activities in this lesson include collecting and categorizing items from the natural environment, creating seed and soil mosaics, making clay imprints, and coloring cloth with plant materials.  
- Give Me Five! Grades 3-5. Students learn about the five food groups and what state-grown foods fit into each group. This lesson makes a local connection to good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
- My Life as a Fruit or Vegetable. Grades 3-5. The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance writing skills while simultaneously learning about the production and distribution of fresh produce.
- It All Starts With A. Grades 3-8. Students conduct surveys to learn what agriculture provides to people. They organize, simplify, and communicate their findings using tallies, frequency tables, and histograms.
- Before the Plate. Grades 9-12. Students will view the 2018 documentary Before the Plate and follow Canadian chef John Horne as he journeys to the source of ten primary food ingredients used in his restaurant. Using critical thinking skills, students will explore the farm-to-table journey of food.
Melons, Mitosis and Meiosis. Grades 9-12. Students will apply the steps of mitosis and meiosis to learn about the production of both seeded and seedless watermelon. Students will learn about the discovery of colchicine, which made seedless watermelon possible and use modeling clay and beans to model meiosis and mitosis. 

Books:
Oliver's Vegetables
Eating the Alphabet
Before We Eat
Water, Weed, and Wait
Agriculture for ME
Read our Agriculture for ME book online here !

Videos:
CUCUMBER | How Does it Grow?
CUCUMBER | How Does it Grow?

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

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