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Maine Agriculture in the Classroom


2014 Education Grants Funded

This grant program is made possible by the Maine Agricultural Specialty License Plate


Agriculture Leadership Grants up to $1,000

Oxford Hills Technical School FFA – Advisor, Al Schaeffer

To send FFA winning team on to compete at the Big E.

Maine FFA Association – Advisor, Doug Robertson

To send state FFA officers to Eastern States Expo

Ashland District School FFA – Advisor, Janet Perry

To compete at the Big E and tour New England Ag sites

Sanford Regional Technical Center – Advisor, Katie Osediacz

To fund travel for a new FFA group.

Caribou Technical Center – Teacher, Casey Cote

To start a Community Supported Agriculture Program

ME Assn of Conservation Districts - Rebecca Jacobs

To support Envirothon

Little Beavers 4-H Club – Leader, Marilyn Schofield

To send 4-Hers to visit Agricultural colleges in New England

Presque Isle High School FFA – Advisor, John Hoffses

To attend the Big E and visit Maine farms.

Agricultural Awareness Grants - $1,000

Albert S Hall School, Waterville – Teacher, Mary Dunn

To bring local farmers and foods to students

Atwood Primary School, Oakland – Teacher, Tammy Pullen

To start a small garden & build a chicken coop.

Hunger Free York County - Allison Hopkins

To buy and teach students about fresh, local foods

Holbrook Middle School, Holden – Teacher, Maddy Roberts

To continue the school garden project started with a MAITC grant in 2012

Wells High School – Teacher, Elisa Allen Beriau

For Field trips, farm products and lab activities for dual credit course "Principles of Sustainable Agriculture" for high school and college credit

RSU#20, Swanville – Teacher, Patricia Ferrintino

To start a small veggie program.

The New School, Kennebunk – Teacher, Marilyn Wentworth

To tour and learn from local farmers & markets

Maine Farm to School Network - Ken Morse

To support the Maine Farm To School Conference

R.W.Traip Academy, Kittery – Dr. Maury Hepner

To purchase plants & compost for their permaculture garden

Milbridge Elementary School – Teacher, Suzen Polk-Hoffses

To visit local farms

School Garden & Greenhouse Grants – Up to $3,000

RSU#2, Monmouth – Principal, Deborah Emery

To explore agriculture through the use of their school greenhouse and connections to local farms

Pemetic Elementary, Southwest Harbor – Teacher, Bonnie Burne

Grant will be added to funding from the Maine Community Fund to build a year-round greenhouse which will be integrated into the core curriculum of all classes at the school, K – 8th grade.

MSAD#15, Gray/New Gloucester – Teacher, Morgan Kerr

To implement a school garden program and outdoor classroom.

Portland Arts and Technology H.S. – Teacher, Kathy Tarpo

To expand the aquaponics program

Hermon Middle School – Teacher, Shane Barker

For a hoop house to cover previously installed raised beds.

Brunswick High School – Teacher, Jon Riggleman

Will work with at risk teens in the topics of food security, gardening and farming.

Agricultural Awareness Grants – Up to $3,000

Leavitt Area High School – Teacher, Sharon Hathaway

To support fieldtrips and collaborations for high school students and local farmers. A yearlong course that involves local farmers, internships, a field day and exposure to careers and local foods and farms. This year a dual credit program will be added for college credit.

MSAD#15 Pre K, Gray-New Gloucester – Teacher, Kelly Burgess

To add farm fieldtrips and agricultural activities to the 3 classrooms for 90+ Pre-K students over the school year.

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area – FoodCorp Service Member, Andrea Snow

To support the FoodCorp service member's initiatives in 3 school districts.

Edward Little High School – Teacher, Kimberly Finnerty

To teach 90+ High School chemistry students through the use of living classroom experiences in agriculture.

University of Maine Child Study Center – Teacher, Kevin Duplissie

To teach preschool and college students about agriculture through a year-long program including fieldtrips and experiential learning activities.

Cumberland Farmers Club Exhibit Hall - Carolyn Small

To support Ag Day at Cumberland Fair

Re-Tree US - Richard Hodges

To conduct grafting workshops at 5 Maine high schools with established orchards.

Maranacook Community School, Readfield – Teacher, Pat Stanton

To support the Dual credit “Principles of Sustainable Agriculture” and alternative education agriculture programs.

Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds - Cindy Kilgore

To support the NELE Kid's Day Educational event.

Opportunity Alliance, Portland/Westbrook – Teachers, Sarah Swenson, Suzie Berzinis & J'Aime Walker

To provide fieldtrips andactivities for Pre K students in Westbrook.

ME Assn of Conservation Districts, Hancock County - Megan Facciolo

To support the Educational Farm Tours program.

RSU#52, Leavitt HS fiberarts - Marcia Martin

To support fieldtrips and materials for a fiberarts class.

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