February Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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I love to read

February Focus Area: I Love to Read!

February is National "I Love to Read" Month! Our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) team is celebrating by encouraging everyone to read and explore at least one agriculture-related book this month. Whether you dive into a fiction book (Example: Esperanza Rising) or learn something new from a non-fiction selection (Examples: Braiding Sweetgrass and Hungry Planet), we wish you happy reading!

February Professional Development

February Professional Development

Our MAITC team hopes to inspire a love of reading and grow agricultural literacy during I Love to Read Month! We are hosting a Zoom Professional Development session for teachers on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Some of our favorite agriculture-themed books and related lessons and activities will be demonstrated. Ten lucky attendees will receive a free book!

Register Today!

2023 Farm and Food Book Week

2023 Farm and Food Book week

MAITC is excited to host the third annual Farm and Food Book Week! Plan to join us on Zoom, February 21-24, 2023, for virtual agriculture-themed book readings by special guest readers. Visit our website for date and time options. Guest readers include:

  • Melina Mangal, Minnesota Author
  • Antonio Alba, Sharing Our Roots -- reading will be in Spanish
  • Ben and Barret the Carrot, Open Hands Farm
  • Patrice Bailey, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner
  • Chuck Tryon, Bushel Boy
  • Laura Purdie Salas, Minnesota Author
  • Thom Peterson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner
  • Harrison Phillips, Minnesota Vikings

Register Today!

National Agriculture in the Classroom Virtual Learning

NAITCO Virtual Learning

Join our colleagues with the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization for some cozy learning. Attend from the comfort of your home for engaging workshops and sessions to energize your ag literacy efforts within your classroom!

Register Today!

Agricultural Literacy Grant Award Winners

The MAITC Foundation is happy to announce the recipients of the 2023 Agricultural Literacy Grants to support educational efforts from kindergarten to high school across the state.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

Grantee School and City


Project Title

All Saints Academy, St. Cloud

Courtney Jones

From the Ground Up

Cleveland Public School, Cleveland

Kim Germscheid

Ag in S.T.E.A.M.

Farmamerica, Waseca

Jessica Rollins

Ag Career Exploration

Glacial Hills Elementary, Starbuck

Jodee Lund

Young Roots: Learning by Doing

Greenvale Park Elementary, Northfield

Kathy Flicek

From Farm to Plate

Highlands Elementary, Edina

Cara Rieckenberg

Chickens in the City

J.A. Hughes Elementary, Red Lake Falls

Jacob Rath

Creation of Maple Syrup

Laporte School, Laporte

Jeannie Konecne

Hatching Duck Eggs

Lionsgate Academy, Minnetonka

Andrea Dolan

Lionsgate Academy Community Garden

Minneota Public Schools, Minneota

Karen Dalager

From Egg to Chicken — A Farm Animal Life Cycle

Minnewaska Elementary School, Glenwood

Megan Greene

Community Garden

Owatonna Area Learning Center, Owatonna

Kimberly Penning

Grow Your Own

River Wild Learning Center, Carver

Jessica Krueger

Tops & Bottoms

St. Anthony Elementary, New Ulm

Molly Helget

See What’s Hatching

St. Francis, Brainerd

Carrie Allord

Agriculture Classroom Immersion!

St. James FFA Chapter, St. James

Becky Cronk

Ag Carnival

Sebeka FFA Chapter,


Mackenzie Kuschel

Farm Fact Fridays

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarships

This snowy start to 2023 has us looking forward to the National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 26-29, 2023! This conference attracts K-12 teachers from across the country. These educators gain ideas and inspiration for integrating agriculture into their curriculum! Two scholarship opportunities are available to support K-12 educators in attending.

CHS Scholarship

CHS Foundation Scholarship

The CHS Foundation is offering scholarships to pre-kindergarten-12th grade teachers to attend the 2023 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to teachers to cover the conference registration cost. The application deadline is February 15, 2023. 

Apply for the CHS Foundation Scholarship

NAAF Scholarship

Native American Agriculture Fund Scholarship Program

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is partnering with National Agriculture in the Classroom to offer scholarships to teachers of Native American ancestry or who teach Native American students to attend the 2023 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. Eligible applicants are teachers at a tribal government operated school, a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school or a BIE-supported school; a school on a reservation teaching Native American students, a non-reservation school that has a high percentage of Native American students, or teachers with a tribal affiliation. The NAAF Scholarship includes conference registration, flight costs and hotel expenses. The application deadline is February 15, 2023. 

Apply for the NAAF Scholarship

February Trivia

February Trivia Question: What former Minnesota Vikings player authored the book "Bee Love (Can be Hard)"?

Send your answer to sue.knott@state.mn.us. The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a selection of children's books from MAITC.