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.
"Sharing Ideas for Successful School Gardens" (In-Person)
Saturday, November 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Brigham Hill Farm (Community Harvest Project)
37 Wheeler Rd., North Grafton
Teachers teaching teachers about best practices in using your school garden to the fullest. There will
be presentations from Helen Rhines, farm coordinator at CHP, as well as dedicated school gardening
leaders. Bring your favorite ideas and successes to share in small group gatherings.
How do you find funding? How can we extend the growing season? Are there better crops than
tomatoes and cucumbers for a garden to involve students in the harvest...not in July!
Come and enjoy a great day on a beautiful farm that produces crops that are donated to the
Worcester Food Bank. This will be our last in-person workshop for the fall as we move to virtual
workshops during the colder months. Join us to meet other teacher who are interested in agriculture.
Share ideas, questions, recipes and leave with new acquaintances.
A locally sourced breakfast snack /coffee & lunch will be provided.
This workshop is FREE due to the generosity of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural
Resources (MDAR) Agricultural Education Grant.
10 PDP's may be earned by submitting a written lesson for your class based on your new knowledge
from the workshop.
Workshops provided with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Massachusetts State Grange Roots Initiative