State Reports

State Summary 2015 — 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) Aquaculture for ME 28 page book & Activity Guide - 20 pages (http://teachmefoodandfarms.org/alphalist) Aquaculture Lessons - Investigating Salmon & Trout (same) & The Oyster Harvest

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

In 2015 our major accomplishments were: Addition of Aquaculture for ME book, activities and lessons. Our Ag Literacy programRead ME Agriculture" distributed materials and read to over 600 elementary classrooms in March. Through partners an additional 10,000 copies were printed for elementary school students across the state with participating Sea Grant educators. We are currently working with Cooperative Extension on developing 4-H Aquaculture curricula.

The Wild Blueberry book & activities were printed and distributed to over 2,000 K & 1st grade teachers across the state. Lessons to support were added to the Teach ME website and all 5 books and activities are posted on the site. Potatoes for ME is almost ready for print for our 2016 literacy program. Seven High Schools across the state offered dual-credit courses in agriculture due to a partnership with a centrally located Community College offering 2-year degrees in agriculture for the first time in 2013. MAITC has served on the advisory board and continues to assist and facilitate this new offering with over 200 HS students participating in 2014. 86 high school students received college credit in agriculture from the program this year. MAITC continues to partner with Maine School Garden Network and in 2015 they finished 16 regional gatherings to connect school garden supporters in the regions with school food service, local farmers and the resources available to them.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

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

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

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

84,456 Maine students received Ag Education programs in 2015

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

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

Over 2,500 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!