Education Grants Program
In 2022 $72K is earmarked for grants in 6 categories! This support of Maine agriculture education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 is a direct result of the Maine Agricultural Specialty License Plate and a USDA Professional Development in Agricultural Literacy grant for secondary culinary arts instruction. Please select the category that applies to your project. (If your project includes a school garden and/or greenhouse please select category #4 School Gardens and Greenhouses.)
Click links below to view/download the 2022 Requests for Applications.
These grants will now accept applications submitted for the December deadline!
2022 Grants Funded
Agriculture Awareness $1,000
Blue Hill Consolidated School - Cori Carter, Blue Hill
The 4th grade class at Blue Hill Consolidated SChool will be jumping into local agriculture by following a potato from seed to sale. These students will also talk to local experts about what's important when you are growing potatoes so they can put this knowledge into practice while growing their own crop of potatoes to harvest in the fall.
Burchard A. Dunn Elementary School - Martha Gill, New Gloucester
What is a Pre-K student's favorite sense? Taste of course! A taste of Maine for Pre-K will give our students the opportunity to taste products such as apples, milk, ample syrup, seaweed, and more, all while learning about how they are made and grown right here in Maine!
The Eddy School, Inc. - Deb Webster, Newry
The Eddy Middle School is entering the Plant-the-Moon challenge: "Participants will join a global science experiment to examine how vegetable crops can grow in lunar soil." We will test the efficacy of our own worm castings and other Maine-made soil additives in our soil and then in the lunar simulant.
Reeds Brook Middle School - Susan Thibedeau, Hampden
RSU 22's Farm and Sea to School Team, in partnership with Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, is planning, designing, and creating a pollinator garden at Reeds Brook Middle School. Students will research which native plants can best sustain local pollinators and design and plant the garden with the assistance of master gardeners. This project will help students understand the connections between plants, crops, insects, and birds, as well as learn practical applications of math, research,and health skills.
The Landing Place - Peter Cooke, Rockland
The Landing Place's Friendship Garden is a fun program for youth to learn how to garden and hangout with positive role models and friends. All youth (6th grade or older) can stop by during drop-in hours to learn about planting, maintaining a garden, and harvesting. During the winter we will be planning the garden and during the spring we will be building new raised beds and planting. Make sure to stick around for the harvest. No registration or fees necessary, just come by to join in the fun!
Chelsea Elementary School - Rosanna Gargiulo, Chelsea
Chelsea Elementary students produce food for their classrooms in their classrooms while learning about fungi and its roles in the ecosystem and food systems.
Agriculture Awareness $2,000
MSAD 54 Mill Stream Elementary - Samantha Veilleux, Norridgewock
Mill Stream Elementary School's "Planting Seeds of Self-Sufficiency" project is designed to provide life skills around planting, maintaining, and harvesting food from seed to table. Maintaining a garden tower would be the first step in teaching students the process of planting seeds, maintaining and harvesting crops to provide healthy nutritious foods for their tables. It would also be the beginning of creating a gardening program at Mill Stream Elementary.
Alfond Youth and Community Center - Mike Owens, Waterville
AYCC's Sustainable Gardening Program provides a hands-on learning experience with raised beds and community gardens that youth in our early childcare, After School and Summer Enrichment programs plant, tend, and harvest. AYCC seeks funding to create a rock retaining wall to enhance our pollinator education and offer pollinators better habitats.
Etna-Dixmont School - Jane P. Stork, Etna
Funding will allow students to build community connections with local agricultural enterprises. Five to six times throughout the year, students will visit local farmers, participate in farming processes, sample farm products, and gain a better understanding of how each farm is an important food sources or product in our community.
Ashland District School - Janet Perry, Ashland
As we remain in these very unusual times, Ashland FFA hopes to continue learning about agriculture outside the traditional classroom setting with a five day trip to Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas in September 2022. We also plan to attend the 2023 zState FFA Convention.
Presque Isle Tech Center - Vicki McCurry, Presque Isle
Students from the Presque Isle chapter of FFA will travel to the Cumberland County Fair in September, 2022 to observe agricultural demonstrations and exhibits and to network with the Maine agricultural community. Chapter officers will gain knowledge and experience in agricultural enterprises and activities, enabling them to assume leadership roles relating to agriculture in their home communities.
Maine FFA Association - Kevin Marquis, Augusta
Since 1930, Maine FFA has helped thousands of students to advance as leaders in agriculture. This year's project supports October 2022 participation by Maine's two student officer delegates in the National FFA Convention, joining the 473 other delegates from across the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
School Garden and Greenhouse
Holbrook Middle School - Brandy Walsh, Holden
Holbrook Middle School would like to complete and expand two existing garden spaces: a vegetable garden and a pollinator garden. The goal of these spaces is to give students meaningful learning experiences by taking the classroom outdoors, and to grow nutritious organic foods that can be enjoyed by the student body and wider community.
Mt. Ararat High School - Darcy Baggett, Topsham
Project GROW is excited to expand the newly installed, collaborative school garden program by adding an educational Maine native pollinator section to our existing vegetable garden, building a garden tool shed, buying necessary garden tools, and creating sustainable composting practices.
Saccarappa Elementary School - Guyla Woodbrey, Westbrook
Saccarappa Elementary School has a school-based gardening program which includes a beautiful outdoor space, greenhouse, and thirteen raised beds. Twelve of the beds need to be replaced due to rot. As the next step in our garden plan, we would like to request funding to purchase corner posts and connectors.
RSU 26 Orono Schools - Jessica Archer, Orono
Garden Development - Connecting Students and Community: Orono Middle School students will work with each other, students in other Orono schools, teachers, and local farmers to learn about best practices for growing and harvesting crops. They will use the garden as a learning center for lessons with younger children and collaborate with older students for educational projects.
Statewide Agriculture Organization
Maine School Garden Network - Susan Joy Sager, Augusta
The School Garden Grown! (SGG) program offers an opportunity for local school gardens to promote awareness of the benefits of their program in the community where they are located and show off their garden's bounty by exhibiting their produce at their local agricultural fair with SGG display stickers on their school garden produce.
Maine School Garden Network - Susan Sager, Augusta
The Maine School Garden Network offers school garden coordinators and educators relevant information through our monthly newsletter. We want to take our monthly newsletter to a new level and sustain it by supporting time to plan issues, solicit and write profiles to build on the expanded format started in 2022.