State Reports

State Summary 2016 — Maine

State Contact

Ms. Willie Grenier
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom
28 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0028
P: 207.287.5522
E: maitc@maine.gov
Website

Classroom Resources

(http://teachmefoodandfarms.org/resources) Potatoes for ME 28 page book & Activity Guide - 20 pages (http://teachmefoodandfarms.org/alphalist) Lessons - Let's Grow Potatoes, Let's Grow Carrots, Investigating Potatoes, Investigating Carrots

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

In 2016 our major accomplishments were:

  • Addition of Potatoes for ME book, activities and lessons. Our Ag Literacy programRead ME Agriculture" distributed materials and read to over 700 elementary classrooms in March.
  • Our Lesson site holds 80 lessons plus numerous activities, 5 books and activities for each, a lending library for teachers, and we are planning to add a page with links to videos on Maine Agriculture this year.
  • In the fall we started developing the BOOK BARN project using technology to integrate Ag based literature into ELA, technology and other subjects as a standards based teaching tool.
  • MAITC continues to partner with Maine School Garden Network and Maine Farm to School. This year we are helping to develop aSchool Garden Coach" program that will include models and mentors for school gardens with the final goal being the adoption of the SGC in the regular coaching budget in the school districts.
  • Monthly newsletters reached almost 3,000 educators across the state.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Over 17,000 Ag. Specialty license plates were sold generating over $170,000 for Maine Ag Education.

29 Ag. Education grants provided $60,000 across the state to Ag Education projects.

12,500 students were exposed to volunteer presentations on agriculture.

98,528 PK - 12 Maine students received Ag Education programs in 2016

229 Pre-service teachers received Ag Education materials for use in their student teaching and careers from MAITC

150 Maine school gardens are recorded on the directory and receive materials and resources.

Almost 3,000 teachers and others received monthly newsletters from MAITC.

Biosketch

I have BS degree in Animal Science & Vocational Agriculture (concentration in Education) from the University of Maine. I have two children, both of which have served as contract staff for MAITC. Ariel has a BS in Psychology (and is currently teaching dance) and Jared is a Junior, both from the same land-grant university as their mom.

I was raised on a dairy farm in Maine and come from a long line of farmers and outdoors men and women. I have taught Elementary, Middle and High School, been a 4-H Leader and Executive Committee Member for the Cooperative Extension in Maine, taught Adult Education, managed a garden center and done employee training for Agway, an Eastern Farm and Garden Cooperative. I am a floral designer and own with my family a small business that decorates weddings and parties (in my spare time). I have worked since 1998 to develop Maine Agriculture in the Classroom to where it is today. When I began our yearly budget was $5,000. In the year 2000 I was officially hired to work for MAITC on a contract basis for 8 hours a month. After 15 years my position is currently full-time with full benefits. We contract additional positions for individual projects. MAITC has an office at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and has full privileges for the state central fleet, employee insurance program and retirement. There is a place in every state for Ag Education if someone has the passion to make it happen. The climate is right for Ag Education NOW!