July Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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We hope that all of you are finding time to rest, relax and enjoy our Minnesota summer! When you are ready to think about educational opportunities and the 2021-22 school year, the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom team is ready to help! Please reach out to our enthusiastic staff and explore our free standards-based, agriculture-themed resources!

2021-22 AgMag Series

AgMag issues

It is now easier than ever to sign-up for our AgMag series! 

K-6 teachers, visit the AgMag website to sign up for the FREE AgMag series that features two grade-specific issues in print and online for each K-6 grade level. AgMag is a perfect accompaniment to traditional textbooks and resources.  It offers close-to-home stories about producers and agricultural business to help kids connect with agriculture. AgMag helps students learn more about how food and goods get from the farm to their home.

Sign-up for the 2021-22 AgMag today

Farm Camp Minnesota

Did you know MAITC's newest program, Farm Camp Minnesota, connects classrooms to on-site farm tours and career lessons? Farm Camp pilot programs were a huge hit with educators last year. From cattle to goats, and maple syrup to cheese, Farm Camps heighten students' knowledge of agriculture in Minnesota. Learn more about Farm Camp Minnesota: our mission, who we work with, and how you can get involved, at our new website: farmcampminnesota.org

Farm Camp Minnesota

Summer Reading

Fresh Picked Poetry

Fresh-Picked Poetry

Check out this new collection of poems, Fresh-Picked Poetry, that takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers' market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it's all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors' wares with poems like "Farmer Greg's Free-Range Eggs," "Summer Checklist," and "Necessary Mess."

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

Upper elementary and middle school readers will enjoy meeting Esperanza Ortega in Esperanza Rising.  Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances—because Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

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Ag Trivia

July Trivia Question:

Minnesota pest

This pest is a pain to gardeners and farmers throughout Minnesota. What is it?

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