Summer Graduate Course:

Growing Agriculture in Your Classroom

Beginning workshop: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Ending workshop: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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About

Our popular 3 Credit Summer Graduate Course for educators returns for an eight year in the summer of 2014. Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, collaborating with Fitchburg State College, will offer this three-credit graduate course, titled "Growing Agriculture in the Classroom," using Massachusetts farms as classrooms. Teachers will participate in agricultural-literacy training through fun, hands-on study and investigation of agriculture education resources. It will help enhance curriculum and assist with connections to the curriculum standard.

The course will meet on Thursday, July 9th and Thursday August 6th at the Brigham Hill Community Farm in North Grafton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each participant must attend both sessions and also participate in six additional workshops during the summer on farms across the state.

Participants will keep a journal of their agricultural journey and developing a classroom project, which they will present to their peers on August 66. Farm workshops may cover topics such as nutrition; plant science; soils; water; economics; technology; ag-history; farm animals; energy, sustainable agriculture and more.

This course will assist new educators and those who want to expand their offerings to integrate agriculture into the classroom. Participants will learn how to create community partnerships; link the classroom to the farm; expand math, science, social studies, art, nutrition and other educational knowledge using agricultural examples, and explore technology and engineering techniques.

The fee for this eight-day course is $500 and includes all materials; farm workshops; some meals and three graduate credits or 67 professional development points from Fitchburg State College. Participants will be paired with a MAC board member to give long-term access to agricultural resources and support.

 

Schedule of Summer Workshops

Wednesday, July 15:

Pollinator Workshop at UMass Amherst Pollinator Garden
 

Pollinators are everywhere and they play and extremely important role in our lives and habitats, from pollinating the foods that we eat to initiating the development of the seeds that ensure survival of native plants. On Wednesday July 15, travel to UMass Amherst where the new Pollinator Garden was funded thanks to a generous contribution from the Massachusetts State Grange. We will utilize the new garden to review pollinator needs during their various life stages. You will also see a selection of plants with flowering characteristics that will benefit pollinators and also complement the school calendar. You will also have the chance to review MAC’s Pollinator lessons.

 

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Thursday, July 16 Math with a Forest or A Tree Workshop at Curtis Farm in Westminster
 

Travel to Curtis Farm in Westminster on Thursday, July 16, where we’ll spend the day learning about forests and tree with owners JoAnn and Chris Mossman. Learn about proper woodland management and managing and preserving the health and resources of this unique woodland, as well as maple syrup production. JoAnn, a middle school science teacher, will introduce you to Math lessons and Project Learning Tree activities that you can use with your students.

 

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Wednesday, July 22 More Vegetables for the School Garden at Cook's Valley Farm in Wrentham
 

Wednesday, July 22 takes us to Cook’s Valley Farm in Wrentham. We’ll spend the morning focusing on plants for the school garden that will accommodate different garden sizes, seasons, soil and light conditions and summer maintenance schedules, with Master Gardener Ken Oles. Following a farm lunch, investigate this twelfth- generation, 90-acre farm, originally a grant from the crown to the Cook family. Meet owners Warren and Marilyn Cook as they tell the farm’s history, transition from dairy and chicken farm to a farmstand with 30 acres of vegetable, small fruits and fruit trees.

 

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Thursday, July 23 Agriculture at the School Everyday! at Hawlemont School in Charlemont
 

The Hawlemont School instituted a school-wide agriculture program in 2013 called Hawlemont, Agriculture, & You. On Thursday July 23, well visit this unique school in Charlemont to learn how teachers, administration and the community came together to bring agriculture to life school wide. Meet the animals that live at the school, see the garden and try out some of the lessons with our AgriScience Excellence Award winner for 2015, Jeanne Bruffee, principal Wayne Kermenski and some of their colleagues.

 

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Wednesday, July 29 Exploring a Family Dairy Farm at Cooper's Hilltop Dairy Farm in Rochdale
 

As recently as twenty five years ago, dairy farming was one of the major agricultural productions in Massachusetts. The high price of land and the small amount of money that dairy farmer received for their milk has greatly reduced the number of dairy farms in the state. Those that remain have developed innovative techniques and partnerships to bring the milk to the consumer or the consumer to the farm. On Wednesday, July 29, travel to Cooper’s Hilltop Dairy Farm in Rochdale to learn from the family about this small dairy farm that processes and sells all their milk on-site. Learn how the farm is expanding to meet the needs of the community and to include a new generation in the farm venture.

 

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Thursday, July 24 Preserving the Harvest Workshop at Alderbrook Farm in South Dartmouth and the North Dartmouth Grange # 162
 

Once you have raised a successful garden, what are your plans for all those extra vegetables? Come to Alderbrook Farm in South Dartmouth on Thursday, July 30, to meet farmers Nancy and Allen Manley who will give us a tour of their gardens and farm animals. Later, we will review methods of storing and preserving vegetables and have hands on lessons concentrating on pickling and fermentation. As we cook in the commercial kitchen of North Dartmouth Grange #162, a member of the Grange will explain about their unique plan that involves community use of the site. You will receive recipes to take home, some simple enough to do in your own classroom, and leave this workshop with a jar of your own product.

 

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Tuesday, August 4 MAC Summer Conference Connecting the Classroom to the School Garden at Tahanto Regional High School in Northborough. Read more about our summer conferenceread more

 

Using Massachusetts Farms as your classroom, learn how agriculture can enhance your curriculum, enthrall your students and make connections to the Curriculum Standards. Workshops offer hands-on, open-ended experiences, activities and resources related to a variety of agricultural topics. Participants will:

Sponsored by:

Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom & Fitchburg State College