January Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

Trouble viewing this email? View this in your browser.

MAITC Newsletter Banner 6.2.2017
Happy 2021

Happy New Year from Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom

2021 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.  

Virtual Field Trip - MUSHROOMS!

Have you ever wondered how mushrooms are grown? Find out by joining us on a virtual field trip to R&R Cultivation in Roseville, Minnesota. R&R Cultivation grows, harvests and sells gourmet mushrooms at local co-ops, farmers markets, and all Lunds & Byerlys stores in the Twin Cities. Viewers can join the virtual field trip via Zoom or YouTube. The virtual field trip will last approximately 30 minutes and will be recorded and available on the MAITC YouTube site for later viewing.

DATE: Friday January 15, 2021

TIME: 10 -10:30 am 

REGISTRATION and VIEWING INFORMATION:  https://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/virtual/

R & R Cultivation Virtual Field Trip

AgMag - A Resource for All Learning Environments

Subscribe to AgMag

Become an AgMag subscriber! AgMag K, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-6 are available FREE to educators and ag advocates across Minnesota. Simply fill out the online order form and we’ll send AgMag magazines to you. These print pieces are perfect for in-person learning and can be sent home with students for distance or hybrid learning.

Also, visit our new AgMag website to access the content digitally along with teacher guides, interactive student activities and more! This website is a great tool for distance and hybrid learning!

BONUS! Get entered to win one of four, $25 VISA Gift Cards when you subscribe and/or refer a friend by January 15. Just enter the name of the person who referred you and you'll both be entered to win! https://mnagmag.org/educators/order-free-resources/

$25 gift card

Outstanding Teacher Award Winner

Brigid Sandager

Brigid Sandager, a fifth-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary School in Bayport, has received the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) 2020 Outstanding Teacher Award.

Sandager's fifth graders explore science and agriculture through their own curiosity and creatively respond to their observations through journaling, collaboration and technology. Through the integration of agriculture, Sandager reports that "we have strengthened our classroom discussions by looking at what is happening around us and how what we do now impacts our future.  I hope the use of curriculum provided by Minnesota Ag in the Classroom expands students' farm-to-plate knowledge and hopefully encourages them to look beyond how food is grown to the many other STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) career opportunities available through agriculture."

Sandager will receive a $500 stipend and up to $1,500 in expenses to attend the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Des Moines, Iowa in June.

Agricultural Literacy Grant Award Winners

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) and the MAITC Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2021 Agricultural Literacy Grants to support educational efforts from kindergarten to high school across the state.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Katherine Ervasti, Hydroponics in the Classroom, Freshwater Academy, Wadena, MN
  • Candice Hasbargen, Learning Beyond what is Local, Wheaton Public Schools, Wheaton, MN
  • Sandra Hohlfeld, Discovering and Experiencing Agriculture, St. Edward School, Minneota, MN
  • Janie Skoien, Square Foot Gardening for Families, Freshwater Area Learning Center, Wadena, MN
  • Josh Hendrickx, Honey Bees, Freshwater Education District, Wadena, MN
  • Brigid Sandager, Exploring Sustainability, Andersen Elementary School, Bayport, MN
  • Jennifer Weinland, Water Wise Irrigation and Hand Washing System, Zachary Lane Elementary, Plymouth, MN
  • Chris Mills, Garden to School, Stephen-Argyle Central Elementary, Argyle, MN

Farm and Food Book Event

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom will be hosting a Farm and Food Book Week in mid-February. Special guest readers will read an agriculture-themed book to students over Zoom. Mark your calendars for the potential dates and times of our event:

  • Tuesday, February 16: 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
  • Wednesday, February 17: 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
  • Thursday, February 18: 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
  • Friday, February 19: 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 2 pm

More details and registration information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

Farm and Food Book Week

Ag Trivia

January Trivia Questions: What is Minnesota's official state mushroom?

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