January Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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MAITC Newsletter Banner 6.2.2017

Happy New Year from Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom!

2020 is officially underway! Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is excited to embark on another year of sharing the story of agriculture with K-12 students.  

Outstanding Teacher Award Winner

Tiffany Kortbein, a kindergarten teacher at Greenvale Park Elementary School in Northfield, has received the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) 2020 Outstanding Teacher Award.

In her kindergarten class, Kortbein teaches about the lifecycles of animals, agricultural vocabulary, and does hands-on work with students such as making butter and pizza. Kindergartners at Greenvale Park take annual field trips to a dairy farm and an apple orchard, and help to incubate chicken eggs and raise baby chicks. In addition to her teaching efforts with kindergarten students, Kortbein works to bring agricultural education into her school at all grade levels through an annual Farm Day celebration.

Kortbein will receive a $500 stipend and up to $1,500 in expenses to attend the 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in June.

Tiffany Kortbein

2020 MAITC Outstanding Teacher Award Winner Tiffany Kortbein

January Lesson Ideas

farming in a glove
Let's Raise a Barn
Bananas in your Breadbasket lesson
Before the Plate lesson

Agricultural Literacy Grants

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) and the MAITC Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2020 Agricultural Literacy Grants to support educational efforts from kindergarten to high school across the state.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Jen Harris, Honeybees in the Classroom, Butterfield-Odin Elementary School, Odin, MN
  • Beth Wolf, Farm to Grocery to Table, St. Paul's Lutheran School, New Ulm, MN
  • Dawn Maple, Social/Emotional Well Being of a Green Wall, Matoska International Elementary School, White Bear Lake, MN
  • Anne Flahavan, Hydroponics Grow Kit, Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science, Eagan, MN
  • Kathrina O'Connell, Lettuce Grow Produce in the Winter, Lake Park Audubon Elementary, Audubon, MN
  • Gina Meinerts, A Documentary: Tales of Farming in Spring Grove, Spring Grove Public Schools, Spring Grove, MN
  • Leah McNeil, Clock Tower Catering, Deerfield High School, Duluth, MN
  • Tiffany Kortbein, Farm Day, Greenvale Park Elementary School, Northfield, MN
  • Brooke Sanders, Planting Your Pizza, Lake Crystal Wellcome-Memorial Elementary School, Lake Crystal, MN
  • Sarah Broewer, Superior Soil for Superior Strawberries, Central MN Christian School, Prinsburg, MN
  • Anne Goche, Field Trip to Gilfillan Historic Farm Site, Redwood Area Schools, Redwood Falls, MN
  • Amy Zimmerman, Planting Seeds for Young Agriculturalists, Albany Area Schools, Albany, MN
  • McKenzie Gregory, Bringing Agriculture Alive, Rockford Middle School FFA, Rockford, MN 
  • Kendra Solander, Ag Education, Skyline Math and Science Academy, Minneapolis, MN

Scholarships for the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Utah

NAITC conference

The CHS Foundation is offering scholarships to help K-12th grade teachers attend the 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference scheduled for June 24-26 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The scholarship covers early registration to the conference of $435. Teachers are responsible for covering their other travel costs to attend the conference. To apply, please visit the online application.  Applications are due March 1, 2020.

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to December Trivia winners Jen Boersma and Amy Mastin! Both Jen and Amy knew that Fir trees have flat needles.

January Trivia Question: In 2019, the Minnesota legislature selected an official state bee. Name this bee!

Send your answer to sue.knott@state.mn.us. The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable MAITC bag.