Mass Ag in the Classroom WORKSHOPS
Since 1996, Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom has offered more than 250 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.
2021 Workshops are hybrid for now!
Taste of MAC Workshops (short, virtual agricultural experiences)
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. History of Apples in New England and the Legend & Lore
of Johnny Appleseed. (completed)
Tuesday, June 15, 6:00 pm - Vermicomposting with educator Jeff Stanford (completed)
Learn about the benefits of having a worm farm in your classroom. AND you will also start a batch of Lactobacillus
Thursday, June 17, 6:00 pm - Cooking from the Garden with Chef Ellen (completed)
This will be a "tasty" way to explore a Taste of MAC Workshop as you cook along with Chef Ellen.
RETURN TO IN-PERSON FARM WORKSHOPS:
July 29, 9:00-1:30 Beekeeping is the Bee's Knees! at UMass Agricultural Learning Center,
911 North Pleasant Street, Amherst.
Meet Dr. Kim Skyrm, Chief Apiary Inspector for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, as she takes us inside the hive to learn more about the fascinating world of bees. At the end of this day, you will know more about the importance of honeybees and all pollinators, how to select plants that will invite pollinators into your gardens, and how you can connect this with your classroom curriculum. Offered to you FREE thanks to a generous grant from MA State Grange REGISTER HERE
Pamper Yourself with Herbs - Tuesday, August 3, Hartman's Herb Farm, 1026 Old Dana Rd, Barre
Before classes start once again, come spend the day at an in-person workshop,Hartman's Herb Farm, 1026 Old Dana Road Barre.
You will hear about the many uses for a variety of herbs (aromatherapy, beauty products, medicinal, cooking, & more!)
Lynn Hartman will share her vast knowledge of herbs and ways to incorporate them into your classroom.
You can add herbs to the classroom environment to support Social and Emotional Learning.
This workshop is FREE, thanks to a generous grant from the Massachusetts State Grange Agricultural Education Initiative and
will include a breakfast snack and light herbal lunch prepared by the Hartman's at the farm.