Now Available! Ag Classroom Calendar

Each month, CTAEF will be posting an agriculturally themed calendar page, filled with ag-related classroom activities, ag facts and trivia and suggested reading materials. Feel free to download and print copies of these calendar pages to use in your classroom! February is now available. Click here to view February and all previous months.


Do you shop on Amazon? If so, did you know that Amazon now offers the AmazonSmile program, which donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charitable organization of your choice… and CTAEF is now one of those charitable organizations! So please considering making your future purchases through AmazonSmile and selecting the Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation as your charitable organization of choice. AmazonSmile links right up to your existing Amazon account, and once set up, you’ll be prompted to shop on AmazonSmile versus Amazon every time you visit Amazon.com and CTAEF will already be set up as your recipient. Happy shopping!

CTAEF Silent Auction

Thank you to all who donated items to this year’s CTAEF silent auction held at the 2014 Connecticut Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. These donations and generous bids helped to make this year’s auction a success! Funds raised contribute to CTAEF programs throughout the year, including ag in the classroom activities, our annual scholarship fund and Farm City events. Thank you!

Marcia Johnson Awarded Connecticut AgriScience Excellence Award!

CT Agriscience Award 2014-MarciaJohnsonCTAEF congratulates Marcia Johnson, of Meriden, Conn.,  who was presented with the second annual Connecticut AgriScience Excellence Award from the Eastern States Exposition and its Connecticut Trustees at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass., on Monday, Sept. 22.

This award recognizes a teacher who works with outstanding effectiveness to promote the awareness of the critical role of agriculture in our lives in the classroom environment. Johnson, a veteran 5th grade teacher, will use the $500 grant to begin a garden at the Nathan Hale Elementary School in Meriden where she currently teaches. Learn more

2014 CTAEF Scholarship Winners!

The Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation was pleased to award two Connecticut students, each with a $1,000 scholarship, this year. Allison Valluzzo, of Brookfield, Conn., and Jaimie Simmons, of Middletown, Conn., were this year’s lucky recipients. Both attended the annual CTAEF golf tournament to receive their award. Learn more about this year’s recipients

Farm Businesses Encouraged to Sponsor Barnyard Bookcases for City Schools

CTAEF is proud to sponsor the Connecticut Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s (WLC) Barn Bookcase program! The WLC’s goal is to place a barn-shaped bookcase and a dozen agriculture books in the library of 16 urban elementary schools this fall. CTAEF has committed $2,000 to purchase books to fill the bookcases. Farm businesses are encouraged to sponsor a bookcase, at just $150.00, to cover the cost of the bookcase materials. If interested, click the following link: Bookcase Flyer and Donation Form

2014 Ag Literacy Event

Connecticut Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to announce its 2014 Connecticut Ag Literacy Event. This event supports its mission of fostering awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and the food, fiber, flower, forestry and fuel systems. During 2014, volunteers throughout the state will go into classrooms to read a book with an agricultural theme and talk to students about agriculture.

This year’s featured book is:

The BeemanBookCoverThe Beeman written by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Valeria Cis

Learn more about the 2014 Ag Literacy Event


White-Reinhardt Fund for Education

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture® (AFBFA) in collaboration with the American Farm Bureau® Women’s Leadership Committee. The two components of this program include the educator’s scholarship and the Mini-Grant program. Click here to learn more about these opportunities.

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