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Educational Programs

Life-Cycling!
Life-Cycling is a series of project-based curriculum enhancements that put scientific processes to work in agriculture and natural resources conservation. This collection of projects will continue to grow – check back often! Teachers can download construction and care directions for each project, request a workshop for professional development experience for their school or district, and share their student’s success stories with the MAEF network and beyond. Green Schools will dig this!

Vermiculture:
Students raise and maintain worm composting bins to address waste-stream issues in the lunch room. Worm compost provides rich casting and tea fertilizers for their school’s indoor plants or as an amendment to the school garden.

This project teaches husbandry, quantification of waste stream and compost product, and sustainable systems design. Career connections for waste managers, recyclers, landscaper, and animal husbandry.

Compost Production :
Students work with simple tools and stock lumber to create a “flat pack” three part compost bin that can be moved to a site and assembled easily. Once compostable materials are gathered, students monitor internal temperature, decomposition rates, soil biota, and determine when their product is ready for use! Career connections for engineers, waste managers, nutrient management, and ag business.

Wild Bee Patch:
Students learn about ecosystem services through the construction of a pollinator garden on their school campus. Students conduct a plant and bee inventory, track bloom periods, weather data, and conduct periodic surveys for wild bees! Students learn basic taxonomy and how species richness determines ecological integrity in rural, suburban, and urban areas, with an emphasis on food systems. Career connections for landscape architecture, biology and ecology, conservation planning, and food system science.

 

   
 

 


 

MAEF's Programs consists of the following:

Ag and the Bay
Students venture out to Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace, Maryland, home of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation!

 

 
 

 

Leopold Education Project
This nationally acclaimed professional development workshop introduces students and teachers to the work, life and legacy of Aldo Leopold, Father of Conservation Agriculture and the Land Ethic.

 
 

 

Life-Cycling!
Life-Cycling is a series of project-based curriculum enhancements that put scientific processes to work in agriculture and natural resources conservation. This collection of projects will continue to grow - check back often!

 
 

 

FBEA Mid-Atlantic Regional Network
The Mid-Atlantic Farm-Based Educators Network is up and growing! We are a free membership group of farm-based educators who represent farms, non-profits, agencies, and ag businesses and their energetic educators who work outdoors teaching stud
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