Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom was founded in 1983 and incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in 1984. We continue to be part of a national effort committed to promoting agricultural education and literacy.


The organization is led by an all volunteer and highly committed Board of Directors consisting of farmers, partners and agriculture education advocates. The Board collaborates with the MAC Executive Director, Technical Associate and School Garden Associate to help integrate agriculture into the lives of students and educators in Massachusetts.

The Board of Directors consists of 10-15 members representing Massachusetts educators, farmers, and community groups.


The Board meets six times per year and actively supports and guides the mission, vision and programs of Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom

2018 Officers

Roberta Oles, President (bobbie @

 (vacant at this time) Vice-President

Doug Gillespie, Treasurer

Marjorie Cooper, Secretary


2018 Board of Directors

Russell Anderson, Retired Science and Technology Teacher

Rita Brennan Olson, Mass Partnership for Food Safety Education

Marjorie Cooper, Past President, Founding Member

Robert Cote,  Teacher, Financial Committee

Denise Courtney, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Advisor

Douglas Gillespie, Director of Mass Farm Bureau Federation


Marian Hazzard, Teacher and School Gardener


Ron Holmgren, Mass State Grange Representative

Richard LeBlanc, Mass Dept of Agricultural Resources Advisor

Patricia May, Small Farmer and Educator

Patricia Morena, Marketing and Management

Kate O'Brien, Special Education Teacher, Education Committee

Kenneth Oles, Master Gardener, Beekeeper, Retired Teacher

Roberta Oles, Retired Teacher

Christopher Szkutak, Math Teacher, Education Committee




Dr. James Alicata, Fitchburg State University

Diane Baedeker Petit, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Doug Gillespie, Executive Director, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation

Henry Hicks, Founding Member, MA Council of Social Studies

Mary McCaffrey, Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

 Dr. James Munger, Member at Large (retired)

Ed Bourgeois, Pioneer Valley Sheep Breeders Association

Cynthia Jensen, Retired Science Teacher

June Johnson, Member at Large