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Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom


Professional Development Opportunities

Since 1996, Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom has offered more than 260 workshops on farms across the state bringing on-farm education experiences to more than 3,000 educators.

Each session offers an in-depth educational overview of one aspect of agriculture with related hands-on activities that helped teachers take agriculture back to their classrooms. Each workshop also includes a farm tour and the opportunity to meet the farmer and learn about work that goes on at the farm. Ten professional development points are offered to teachers for each of the workshops, when they take what they learn back to the classroom and carry out an activity with their students and then send a report.

We plan to continue virtual workshops of 1-1.5 hours, FREE.
When appropriate, we will have outdoor farm based on site workshops with opportunity for 10 PDP's.

3 FREE Fall Workshops

Lessons on the Farm…Learn as You Go
Saturday, September 30, 9:30-3:30
Overlook FARM, Rutland

Take some time and enjoy a day on the farm with plenty of educational opportunities.

Join Overlook FARM for a beautiful Saturday workshop. Not only enjoy the view but take lessons too! Lessons are geared towards 3rd grade standards but can be adapted to accommodate any age. Lessons include soil science, food systems, food web, food skills and nature journaling. Teachers will walk away with 5 lessons, fresh vegetables, and the opportunity for continuing education credits.

Cultivating Agriculture Across the Curriculum
Saturday, October 14, 9:30-3:30
Curtis Farm, Westminster

How can you fit agriculture into your everyday lessons? We will show you how other teachers have seamlessly added school garden experiences and agriculture into many aspects of the curriculum. Most subject matter can be modified slightly and aligned with agricultural topics. Math?...this can be applied easily. STEM?...of course agriculture can align with this. Literature?...yes, reading and writing can be blended with agriculture.

We want to provide ideas that will make your job easier.

This will be a day of hands-on learning demonstrations, sharing, and lessons you will be able to try in your own classroom.

Bring a copy of a lesson you already use, a book you use with your students, and your own ideas for integrating agriculture into the classroom!

City Grown -Urban Agriculture
Saturday, November 4, 9:30-3:30
Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester

Do you garden at a city school? Can you use the produce within your school? At this workshop you will learn about the successes and pitfalls of farming in an urban environment. There will be a culinary demonstration and discussion about efforts to use school grown produce and make meals appealing to a wide variety of tastes.

You will hear from urban farmers and maybe even students!

This should be a full day of sharing ideas and tasty treats!

Workshops provided with funding from: