Mid-Atlantic Farm Based Education Network
Farm-based educators (FBE) work as mentors, teachers, and facilitators in agriculture education on commercial farms, non-profit farms, private institution facilities, and public lands across Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia. The network is free to join. For more information visit the FBE website:
Resources for the Farm-Based Educator
- Be sure to download A Guide For Connecting Schools, Communities, and Farms through Experiential and Hands-On Education Programs, Summer Camps, and School Visits for ideas and information on how to set-up and operate a farm-based education program.
- Visit the National Farm-Based Education Network website for lots of information on national events and gatherings, curriculum, workshops, and FBE training programs. Farm-Based Education Network
Horse Discovery Centers
Maryland Horse Industry Board launched a statewide network of Horse Discovery Centers in Maryland. These centers are carefully selected, licensed stables that are welcoming people of all ages and experience levels into their barns to learn about horses in a friendly and knowledgeable environment. They range from trail riding centers to Western riding operations to horse rescues and stables offering summer camps, English equitation, even Civil War re-enactments.
MHIB partnered with MAEF to create a middle school field trip curriculum, Horses for Courses, for equestrian farm-based educators to use with visiting schools and youth groups/camps at their centers. Each winter MAEF offers a training for “Horses for Courses” workshop for educators and other adults interested in using the curriculum on their farms. Feel free to download the curriculum here!