October Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Farm to School

October: National Farm to School Month!

Our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom team is celebrating the 2022-2023 school year by selecting a focus area for each month. Lessons, virtual field trips, AgMag connections and more will be shared each month! Our October focus area is Farm to School. The resources featured this month will celebrate National Farm to School Month and thank the farmers, school nutrition professionals, educators and community connectors who make it possible for locally grown foods to be featured in school cafeterias and classrooms.
Visit our webpage featuring these monthly focus areas for more details. 

Virtual Field Trip

Apple Orchard Virtual Field trip

Join us for a virtual field trip to Pine Tree Apple Orchard near White Bear Lake, MN!

When: Thursday October 13, 2022, 10 a.m.

What: Pine Tree Apple Orchard owner John Jacobson will show the many tools and strategies used for growing apples including irrigation, insect and pest control, and more! We'll see and hear about the apple varieties grown and how apples are harvested, sorted and made available to all of us!

Register Today!

Farm to School Book Week

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is excited to present the Farm to School Book Week! At 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on October 17, 18, 19, 2022, classrooms can join us on Zoom for virtual agriculture-themed book readings by special guest readers. Visit our website for date and time options. Guest readers include: 

  • Shannon Anderson, Author
  • Rachel Evangelisto, Miss Minnesota
  • Ian Oundo, Farmer at Sunrise Heritage Farm
  • Rachel Rynda, Princess Kay of the Milky Way
  • Kyle Thomas, Minnesota FFA National Officer Candidate

Classrooms that register and attend will be entered to win one of six book bundles ($100 value each).

Register Today!

Farm to School Book Week


If you signed-up to receive AgMag magazines for K-6 students, watch your mailbox! Fall issues will be arrive by mid-October. Each issue has an accompanying teacher guide and supporting activities that can be accessed for FREE on our AgMag website.

If you haven't signed-up, it's not too late! Visit our online order form to request your FREE AgMags!


Farm Camp Minnesota

During our 2021-2022 season, over 900 students participated in a Farm Camp experience! These students were able to touch, see, and smell life out on the farm and connect with the people who raise livestock and grow crops in Minnesota.

Sadly, there were schools that had to cancel their Farm Camp experiences due to lack of district funding. When we went to our incredible investors with this information, they came back with heartwarming support. Because of investor generosity and commitment, the MAITC Foundation is now able to offer Farm Camp Transportation Grants to help educators take their students out to see what agriculture is all about.

Spread the word to your Gr 5-12 educator connections that there is a way for them to get out onto the farm with financial support! Learn more about our transportation grants HERE.

transpiration grants

Agricultural Literacy Grants

The MAITC Foundation is excited to offer grants to K-12 teachers, as well as 4-H and FFA groups! Applicants are encouraged to be creative and develop interesting, valuable agricultural experiences for their students that address multiple curricular areas.
Applications are due November 15, 2022.

Ag Literacy Grants

Outstanding Teacher Award

One MAITC Outstanding Teacher Award will be given to an educator currently engaged in classroom instruction at the K-12 grade levels. This award will recognize the teacher for his/her creative efforts to teach students about the importance of agriculture. The winning Minnesota teacher will receive $500 and have up to $1,500 of related expenses paid to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 27-30, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. Applications are due November 15, 2022

Teacher Award

October Trivia

October Trivia Question: Cucurbita pepo is the scientific name for what popular fall plant?

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