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Maine Agriculture in the Classroom


2021 MAITC Summer Teachers Institute

Instead of a week-long event this summer MAITC will be holding 3 single day, in-person events focusing on Dairy, Aquaculture and Wild Blueberries.

Each professional development event for PK – Grade 12 teachers will offer 7 contact hours or .7 CEU's (Total possible = 21 contact hours or 2.1 CEU's)

Each event will start at 8:30 AM and finish at 4:00 PM


August 12th – Central Maine, includes touring the Flood Farm in Clinton
August 19th – Downeast Institute, Jonesboro
Wild Blueberries
August 20th – Machias and surrounding farms and barrens

Registration Fees

  • 1 Training - $35
  • 2-Trainings - $60
  • All 3 Trainings - $75

A lite breakfast, snack and lunch will be provided at each training.

Limited space - register early! Pre-Registration only - Deadline August 6, 2021

Teachers that are NOT fully vaccinated will be asked to wear a mask during inside portions of the trainings.


Overnight accommodations are available on your own in the Jonesboro/Machias area for those traveling to attend both trainings on August 19 & 20, but do not delay they will book up quickly this summer.

Blueberry Patch Motel & Cabins

550 US Route 1, Jonesboro (207-434-5411)

Downeast Institute Overnight Rooms

Bunk house Style, 1-4 people, shared bathroom, or 2 private suites with private bathroom, bring your own food, bedding and towels. Contact to reserve

Additional facilities in Machias and surrounding area can be located online.

Short workshop descriptions

(Full agendas will be posted for each training in July.)

#1. Dairy – Thursday, August 12

A full day of resources, lessons, and programs surrounding dairy will be provided by MAITC and the Maine Dairy Nutrition Council. In the afternoon participants will visit dairy farms including the Flood Farm in Clinton and experience a day in the life of a dairy farmer! Learn about silage, see a milking parlor, and learn much more about our local dairy farms!

#2. A Day of Aquaculture – Thursday, August 19

Join MAITC for a day of exploring aquaculture at the picturesque Downeast Institute on Beals Island. We will spend the day exploring aquaculture with hands-on activities, hosted by Dr Anne Langston Noll. In the morning topics include aquaculture through history, online resources for production, ocean temperatures, salinity, etc. and an introduction to aquaculture globally, in the U.S. and Maine. Later we will tour the Institute's working shellfish hatchery, and research facilities, including spawning shellfish and (if successful!) observing fertilization and cell division, and data collection for a real-life research project piloting the farming of sea scallops in ME lobster pounds. Last but not least we will explore resources available for teachers through MAITC and our colleagues at 4H and have the opportunity to try out activities included in the 4H teacher "toolkits". Please bring your own computer or iPad if you are able. WIFI will be available. Venue: Downeast Institute - 39 Wildflower Lane, Beals, ME 04611

#3. Wild Blueberry Emersion – Friday, August 20

Our day will begin at the Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant, 78 Main Street in Machias. After a lite breakfast we will join teacher Eric Brooks for exploration of MAITC Wild Blueberry resources and curricula. Representatives from the Wild Blueberry Commission will host an afternoon tour of local farms and barrens to view harvest, culture, and production of Maine's official berry! Do you know that Maine produces more wild blueberries than anywhere else in the world! Do not miss this opportunity!

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