Request for Silent Auction Donations

The Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation (CTAEF) is requesting donations for its silent auction held in conjunction with the Connecticut Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on November 18, 2016 (gift cards are most welcome). Funds raised at our silent auction are contributed to CTAEF programs throughout the year, including ag in the classroom activities, our annual scholarship fund and Farm City events. If you’d like to donate an item, please contact Kristie at Kristie@ctaef.org.

Thank a Farmer!

Attention teachers, parents and volunteers: Help us thank a farmer this holiday season! The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is hosting a letter writing campaign for students to write, draw or create thank you letters or cards for America’s farmers. Classroom thank you notes can be sent, in a bundle, to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture at the address below. Learn more

Thank you letters can be sent to:

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 1000W
Washington, DC 20024

CTAEF Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients!

CTAEF Scholarship winner Corey Thomas, of Ivoryton, Conn., and Conor Smith, of North Granby, Conn., at the Connecticut Farm Bureau Young Farmer Picnic on August 6.

The Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2016 scholarship are Conor Smith, of North Granby, Conn.,  and Corey Thomas, of Ivoryton, Conn. Each received a $1,000 award to apply towards their higher education. Learn more about this year’s recipients.

2016 Ag Literacy Event

Connecticut Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to announce its 2016 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 2016, 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:

Seed Soil Sun written by Cris Peterson and photographs by David R. Lundquist

Learn more about this year’s program


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 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!

2015 Connecticut AgriScience Award Grant

The Connecticut Corporators to the ESE, the Big E, award grants for special projects. Their AgriScience award for 2015 is a $500 grant awarded to an elementary school teacher to fund a special project involving agriculture in any form as part of his or her class curriculum during the school year. Teachers are encouraged to consider how they might expand the learning experience to benefit students beyond their own classroom. This $500 is payable in September to the school of the selected Grant Award winner. Learn more

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

CTAEF Sponosors Barnyard Bookcases for City Schools

CTAEF was proud to sponsor the Connecticut Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s (WLC) Barn Bookcase program! The WLC’s goal successfully placed a barn-shaped bookcase filled with a dozen agriculture books in the library of 16 urban elementary schools.

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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