Education Grants Program - 2021
In 2021 $60K is earmarked for grants in 5 categories! This support of Maine agriculture education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 is a direct result of the Maine Agricultural Specialty License Plate. Please select the category that applies to your project. (If your project includes a school garden and/or greenhouse please select category #3 School Gardens and Greenhouses.)
Click links below to view/download the 2021 Requests for Applications.
2020 Grants Funded
Statewide Agriculture Organization
ReTreeUS - Richard Hodges, Durham
ReTreeUS will distribute cold-hardy vegetable seedlings to 8 schools that participate in our orchard programs, creating "Back to School Gardens." Students will learn about the agricultural practices of successional planting and season crop production while generating nutritional produce for the cafeteria and demonstrating the Back to School Garden model.
Maine School Garden Network - Michelle Erhard, Augusta
Maine School Garden Network will plan and implement an enhanced annual meeting & virtual workshops. These collaborative events will draw folks from across Maine, virtually and (hopefully) in-person, to learn best practices from engaging speakers, network with other school garden stakeholders, and share ways to be involved with MSGN.
Ashland District School - Janet Perry, Ashland
While in very unusual times, Ashland FFA isn't able to travel as would normally happen. However, Ashland FFA hopes to continue to learn about agriculture outside the traditional classroom setting with student trips when possible - perhaps exploring agriculture within Maine. There are also plans to attend the 2021 State FFA Convention.
Maine FFA Association - Doug Robertson, Augusta
This project supports the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as "Future Farmers of America") at their annual State FFA Convention to provide to middle/high school students enrolled in agriculture/natural resources education opportunities and recognition awards not directly covered by assistance from the National FFA nor from other organizations.
Agriculture Awareness $1,000
Saccarappa School - Guyla Woodbrey, Westbrook
The students and staff at Saccarappa School would like to apply for a 2020 Maine Agriculture Grant. The funding would allow the school garden program to purchase equipment needed to transform our inside common areas into mini greenhouse areas during the winter months in preparation for the outside growing season.
Agriculture Awareness $2,000
Messalonskee Middle School - Rebecca Cobban, Oakland
Messalonskee Middle School's "Growing Together in Learning" Project will connect our school library program with our new indoor and outdoor Agricultural Awareness Learning Center. Our project will promote agricultural education and research to our students in our new library agricultural reading and resource area which will also include hands-on experiences.
MSAD 72 - Christina Littlefield, Fryeburg
The Agricultural Based Learning Environment (ABLE) will focus on plant science this year: soil quality, growing - traditional/hydroponics, harvesting and cooking. Girls trips to host farms allow in-person and remote students to participate in Ag practices and grow their understanding of food and the social/economic impacts of agriculture on society.
Quality of Place Council - Cheryl Boulier, Fort Fairfield
"A Family Day on the Farm" is an interactive educational exhibit for children K-12 where they can experience several hands-on farm tasks and be educated to where their food comes from and the rewards from their hard work.
Alfond Youth & Community Center - Mike Owens, Waterville
Alfond Youth & Community Center's Sustainable Gardening Program provides a hands-on learning experience with raised beds and community gardens that youth in the early childcare, after-school, and summer enrichment programs plant, tend, and harvest. AYCC seeks funding to improve academic performance by providing education in a gardening hand-on learning environment.
Messalonskee High School - Bryan Quigley, Oakland
MHS's "Tackling the Unseen: War Against Pests and Disease in the Greenhouse" program will open students' eyes to the unseen world of plant pests through integrated agricultural scientific learning experiences. Through hands-on learning in the Agriculture Club and DE Plant Biology classes, students will develop pest eradication and prevention plans.
School Garden and Greenhouse
China Middle School - Krista Averill, South China
China Middle School's "CMS Grows" Project will grow healthy foods for our students, cafeteria and community. Our goal is to establish an educational program that will support our students in meeting their learning targets in the classroom while conducting hands-on investigations in agriculture grades five through eight.
Maine Academy of Natural Sciences - Jeffry Chase, Hinckley
Maine Academy of Natural Sciences would like to expand upon the educational experiences in our schools greenhouses by implementing four new projects; a solar dehydrator for preserving the herbs we grow, automating both the water and feeding systems for weekend and vacation coverage, and expanding the aquaponic trough system to allow for larger quantities of produce grown. The greenhouses are already an integral part of the student's learning at the school and these improvements will ensure long term success of our agriculture program.
Saco School Department, Sacor Pre-K - J'Aime Walker, Saco
Through the use of grant funds we will be able to set up and designate garden beds for use by each of our pre-k classrooms which will allow our students to cultivate and grow their own vegetable plants.
YMCA Camp of Maine - Martha Simpson, Winthrop
One of the goals of the YMCA Camp of Maine is to encourage campers to make healthy lifestyle choices. By being able to expand our raised bed gardens, campers and staff will have greater access and choice of farm-to-table fresh produce.
Stevens Brook Elementary - Elizabeth Shane, Bridgton
Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton has successfully built a greenhouse! Now we intend to build gardens for students to plant, cultivate and harvest. In addition, we need supplies and equipment to complete our vision including a rain barrel and gutters to recycle water.
Lee Academy - Susan Linscott, Lee
The greenhouse at Lee Academy will be restored so that it can be both a learning space for the school and a benefit to the community. The greenhouse will be used by science classes and across the curriculum at Lee Academy. As part of the school's place-based curriculum, students will learn to grow their own food, applying their understanding of science while also learning about budgeting, space and energy management, and cultural considerations. Students will start plants in the greenhouse that will be transplanted to a school garden. Produce will be used in the schools' dining hall and donated to a food cupboard serving local students and their families throughout the rural area. Students from neighboring Mt. Jefferson Jr. High School and community members will also be invited to use the greenhouse for projects.
Presque Isle Regional Career and Technical Center - Shelly Gross, Presque Isle
The goal is to replace the glazing on our 30+ year old small greenhouse. It is attached to our school and the glazing in place has degraded to the point that we have some major leaks happening.
RSU22/Reeds Brook Middle School - Brittany Layman, Hampden
Regional School Unit 22 (RSU 22) is very proud of our school garden and orchard program. The district's robust gardens have brought healthy fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias and community kitchens across the area. Every garden needs a little maintenance including the hoop house at Reeds Brook Middle School. RSU 22 would like to replace the plastic, improve the soil, and purchase new fixtures that allow the sides to be rolled. These improvements will continue to allow for the growth and development of our program.
Blue Hill Consolidated School - Michelle Schildroth, Blue Hill
Grant funding will allow the purchase of fruit trees and raised beds to accompany our Casa Verde Greenhouse and Peter Rabbit's Garden that currently exists. This area will be used by students to grow their own vegetables and flowers and eventually to gather fruit, used in school garden projects.