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What's Growing on in Minnesota?

A monthly podcast to give educators more in depth information on Minnesota agriculture for their classrooms.

Storytelling has an uncanny ability to bring people in and teach a lesson. To help support teachers and put a face and a story behind the lessons in our Curriculum Matrix and the resources we provide, MAITC has created a podcast called "What's Growing on in Minnesota?". This monthly podcast is specifically targeted for teachers or agriculture enthusiasts that want to learn more about agricultural topics and how to utilize our resources to teach others about agriculture.

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  • June

    Listen in as we talk with Katherine Brozek of Hilltop Harvest about her family's Redwood Falls strawberry farm and the magic of a fresh-picked strawberry!


  • May

    Listen in as we talk to dairy farmer Eric Hoese about his farm's history, technology, and the future of dairy farming.


  • April

    This month we are joined by Beth Sletta, a 2019 National Ag in the Classroom Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She shares the secrets to cultivating a successful classroom garden that incorporates STEM learning.



  • March

    This podcast features University of Minnesota plant scientist Cari Schmitz Carley. Cari focuses on potato research and plant breeding. Listen in as she shares about the world of potatoes!


  • February

    We interview Tracy Nelson Maurer, children's book author. Tracy's picture-book biography John Deere, That's Who! is a fantastic ag-themed book. Learn more about how she wrote the book and how she hopes teachers use in their classrooms.


  • December

    Listen in as we sit down with Christmas tree farmer, Will Almendinger to learn more about all that goes into raising the perfect Christmas tree!



  • November

    This month, we're chatting with Ashley Klaphake. She's a turkey farmer from Melrose, Minnesota and she and her husband John have been raising turkeys for quite some time. Listen in to learn more about how to raise turkeys!


  • October

    Listen to Wanda Patsche share her story about what harvest is typically like on her farm. Wanda and her husband raise hogs as well as corn and soybeans.