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June Newsletter
One Question Survey
Racial Justice Resources
School Garden Accessibility & Safety
Stay Engaged: Featured Connections
Keep Growing: Remote Connection Resources
Summer Harvest of the Month
July Gardening Tips
 
One Question Survey

Though there's a lot of uncertainty about what school in the fall will look like, we want to help make sure school gardeners are equipped with what they need if/when students return.

Would your school be interested in receiving fall seedlings? 
PLEASE RESPOND HERE.

 
Racial Justice Resources

Our food system was built on stolen land, with stolen labor. Today, farmworkers are predominantly underpaid immigrant and migrant Latinx workers. Our education system perpetuates systems of oppression. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but here are some resources to aid in your anti-racism work, including to those to share with youth.


Reading List – Book Lists for Adults & Children
Reading List – More Books 
Lessons & Curriculum Materials 
  • The Storytelling Project Curriculum: Learning About Race and Racism through Storytelling and the Arts
  • Classroom Resources from Teaching Tolerance Standards-aligned lessons for K-12, searchable by grade, subject, social justice domain, and topic. Teaching strategies, classroom-friendly film kits, and other materials available here as well.
  • Racial Equity Toolkit from the National Young Farmers Coalition contains suggested readings and resources with accompanying discussion questions
  • The Land You Live On from Native Land provides guidance and lessons for using the map on their website which represents Indigenous territories, languages, and treaties
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez children’s book with K-5 teacher’s guide & activities
Reading List – Additional Materials
Reading List – Additional Resource Compilations 
Resources from Maine
School Garden Accessibility & Safety
Resources for safe and inclusive spaces


Earlier this week the Maine AgrAbility Program hosted a webinar, "The Essentials of Accessibility: School and Community Gardens." Follow this link for resources mentioned on the webinar for ensuring ADA compliant gardens. The recording will be available here as well.  


If you missed MSGN's School Garden Safety network calls in May, you can find those materials here: Notes |  Slide Deck | Resource Page
Stay Engaged
Featured Connections 



CURRICULUM
A partnership between Cultivating Community, FoodCorps, Portland Public Schools, and St. Mary’s Nutrition Center produced NGSS-aligned curriculum bins for garden-based education. The compiled lesson plans and resources result from years of feedback by Portland Public School teachers and now all Maine schools are invited to use the resources! Access the folder with all the lessons here. And please note that there is a "Teacher Feedback" sheet in each folder that anyone can write on.  Please use this for tips & suggestions on how to execute a lesson that other teachers can view!  For other feedback please use the feedback form at the main page of all bins.

FUNDS
MAITC Grants – Grant program deadlines are coming up 8/21. For assistance on writing grants, start with this: Helpful Tips for Promising Proposals.

TEACHER RECOGNITION
Lynn Snow, fifth grade teacher at Thomaston Grammar School and MAITC's 2019 Teacher of the Year was recognized for winning the 2020 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. Watch the video here.   

TEACHER NOMINATION
Applications are open for MAITC's Teacher of the Year - recognizing an outstanding Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects. 


 
Find more links from our last newsletter here
Keep Growing
Remote connection resources

LESSONS
From FoodCorps: Video lessons from FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members across the country 

GARDEN HELP
UMaine Extension Victory Gardens for ME weekly video series. Features helpful how-to for beginner gardeners--from managing weeds to how to water your plants.  

MORE GARDEN HELP
MOFGA is hosting Gardening Q&A as well as other virtual events. Find more on their Resources for Gardeners page or their YouTube channel

FOOD PRESERVATION
Not sure what to do with a bountiful harvest? UMaine Extension is also hosting a Food Preservation Webinar Series starting June 23 and running through October 27th, providing lively discussion and demonstrations on how to preserve Maine foods throughout the growing season. 

VIRTUAL AG EDUCATION GATHERING
The National Ag in the Classroom conference was canceled but they are holding a FREE virtual summit on June 24th and 25th, with so many great professional development sessions available!

ECONOMICS OF GARDENING
From SeedMoney, What's a Home Garden Worth? 

HYDROPONICS
The National Farm to School Network has a new resource, Exploring Hydroponics: A Classroom Lesson Guide.

edWeb WEBINARS
  • Link: How to Develop Scalable and Sustainable Remote Learning Plans Using Familiar Frameworks
  • Link: Teaching Math Remotely at Any Grade Level
  • Link: Return to Learn: Revising Your Mathematics Unit Plans
  • Link: Provoking Curiosity: Student-Led STEAM Learning for PreK to Third Grade
  • Link: How Are the Children? What Parents and Caregivers Need to Cope With Home-based Learning
  • Link: Supporting Special Populations Students Through Distance Learning
  • Link: Equity and Excellence Now
  • Link: Tier 1 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Supports to Restart Learning During a Crisis
  • Link: Supporting Learning from Home for Students with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities
  • Link: Happy and Healthy at Home: Student Mental Health and Distance Learning

 

Find more links from our last newsletter here

MAINE HARVEST OF THE MONTH
June is Maine Leafy Greens 
July is Maine Summer Squash!

Nutrition directors and cafeteria staff are making sure youth are fed this summer. It's a great time to source locally grown food for summer meals! If your school food service is providing summer meals, encourage them to pledge to participate in Harvest of the Month: Summer Programs

 

MONTHLY GARDENING IDEAS
  • Repair leaky hoses, broken tools, cracked watering cans as needed.
  • Periodically check to make sure summer volunteers are coming to water, weed and pick ripe veggies
  • Start a new garden bed using the sheet mulching/lasagna layering method (google either term and/or
    permaculture). It’ll be ready for next spring. 
  • Get your plans together for back to school gardening
  • Mulch bare garden ground to retain soil moisture and add visual appeal to your gardens
  • Continue succession planting, especially when a crop goes by. You’ll have food for the school cafeteria
    or food bank well into Fall. Plant things like lettuces, spinach, arugula, Brussel sprouts, green beans,
    cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, carrots, radishes, beets, cilantro and dill.
  • Check out veggieharvest.com, enter your plant hardiness zone and you’ll find a chart giving the best
    times to plant certain crops.
  • If you have bare spots, buy some colorful annuals to fill in; they’re often sold at reduced prices at local
    nurseries and big box stores.
  • Harvest garlic when tops are turning brown and dry the heads. Save some for fall planting in October.
  • Summer watering to conserve water, help prevent plant disease and to save time:
    • Consider putting in an underground watering or drip system and put it on a timer.
    • If no underground system, water in the early morning whenever possible.
    • Water deeply. One inch a week for established plants and more often for newly planted seeds and
      seedlings.
    • Pay attention to what rainfall Mother Nature provides and adjust watering appropriately.
    • When possible, water around the plant rather than directly onto the leaves and flowers.
    • If using an above ground sprinkler, water earlier in the day, not later. Plant leaves will have a chance to
      dry off.
    • Avoid mid-day watering. Plant leaves can “burn” and water evaporates, meaning less moisture for
      plants.
 Check out our MONTHLY SCHOOL GARDEN CHECKLIST to learn more about what this month looks like in the garden! For more information, try out these awesome resources: MOFGA's Planting CalendarFedco's Veggie Chart, and Johnny's Planting Calculator and Succession Planting Template.ibe to their newsletter.
 
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