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.
Soil and Your Food: You Are What Your Food Eats
Tuesday, March 14, 6:00-7:30 PM (Virtual on ZOOM)
Join authors Ridge Shinn and Lynne Pledger as they explain methods of regenerative grazing to raise
grass-fed beef in the Northeast and why this should be important to us as consumers. This promises
to be an enlightening and iinteresting evening.
"Merging information from the fields of ecology, climate science, nutrition, and animal welfare,
authors Ridge Shinn and Lynne Pledger transform our understanding of the possibilities that local,
grass-fed beef presents, not only for farmland regeneration and food security but also for individual
health and longevity." from Grass-fed Beef for a Post-Pandemic World. All attendees will receive a
copy of this book.
Getting Gardens Started by Engaging the Community
Tuesday, April 11, 6:00-7:30 PM (Virtual on ZOOM)
Have you been seeking some help to start your school garden? Learn how one new garden was started
on a modest budget with the help of others. You will leave with ideas and suggestions of who might be
contacted within your own community.
Workshops provided with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Massachusetts State Grange Roots Initiative