January 30, 2023

The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2023 Agricultural Literacy Grants, which are designed to support agriculture and food systems education efforts from kindergarten to high school across the state.

A total of 17 projects received grants of up to $500 each to help educators provide students the opportunity to experience agriculture in a cross-curricular manner. Topics that will be explored through this year’s projects include locally grown foods, agricultural careers, community gardens, and more.

MAITC is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the MAITC Foundation that seeks to increase agricultural literacy through K-12 education. For more information about the Ag Literacy Grants, visit the MAITC website.

Grantee School and City Teacher Project Title
All Saints Academy, St. Cloud Courtney Jones From the Ground Up
Cleveland Public School, Cleveland Kim Germscheid Ag in S.T.E.A.M.
Farmamerica, Waseca Jessica Rollins Ag Career Exploration
Glacial Hills Elementary, Starbuck Jodee Lund Young Roots: Learning by Doing
Greenvale Park Elementary, Northfield Kathy Flicek From Farm to Plate
Highlands Elementary, Edina Cara Rieckenberg Chickens in the City
J.A. Hughes Elementary, Red Lake Falls Jacob Rath Creation of Maple Syrup
Laporte School, Laporte Jeannie Konecne Hatching Duck Eggs
Lionsgate Academy, Minnetonka Andrea Dolan Lionsgate Academy Community Garden
Minneota Public Schools, Minneota Karen Dalager From Egg to Chicken — A Farm Animal Life Cycle
Minnewaska Elementary School, Glenwood Megan Greene Community Garden
Owatonna Area Learning Center, Owatonna Kimberly Penning Grow Your Own
River Wild Learning Center, Carver Jessica Krueger Tops & Bottoms
St. Anthony Elementary, New Ulm Molly Helget See What’s Hatching
St. Francis, Brainerd Carrie Allord Agriculture Classroom Immersion!
St. James FFA Chapter, St. James Becky Cronk Ag Carnival

Sebeka FFA Chapter, Sebeka

Mackenzie Kuschel Farm Fact Fridays



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Logan Schumacher, MDA Communications