Cream of the Crop

July 2006

New Cantaloupe Fact and Activity Sheet
Where are cantaloupes grown in California? How can these members of the gourd family be utilized in the classroom? Download the latest Fact and Activity Sheet to find out. Updated each year, this set of resources, covering 27 topics, has just been developed with current statistical data. PDFs are on the Web site; hard copies can be requested by filling out the online form.

Imagine this... Story Writing Contest
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2006
A picture may be worth a thousand words but for students across California 750 words could be worth their own animated featurette. Each year six stories, one each from grades 3 through 8, are chosen as statewide winners. Their tales, showing how they appreciate agriculture, are developed and animated by high school students, who in turn form their own interpretation. Help keep the cycle going by letting a teacher in your life know about this contest.
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Current News Turns Four
This is the fourth year of distribution for CFAITC's e-newsletter, Current News. In that time we've grown from 400 to over 4,000 subscribers. The format has changed a little, but the function has always been to convey news of ag literacy events and ideas to interested parties. Do you know of an event, grant or resource that hasn't been featured? Do you know someone who could benefit from this information? Send ideas to Renee Hyatt. Read Current News and subscribe online.

Web Site Resources
These sites have a wealth of information. Visit them today to see their sleek new looks.
The Walnut Marketing Board announces a new Web site offering many new resources for educators, including lesson plans, activity sheets and information about walnut growing, harvesting and processing. The site also contains walnut nutrition and health information as well as a searchable recipe database.
National Agriculture in the Classroom's Web site has also been redesigned. All of the same great information is available including state profiles, ag quizzes and lesson plans. Resources targeted to students are also available in the Kid's Zone and Teen Scene.

Farm to School for the Sacramento Valley
Aug. 3, 2006 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sacramento
Ready, Set, Grow! This one-day workshop will present ideas and strategies for implementing successful Farm to School programs and an overview of a simple and cost-effective ordering and distribution system. Topics will also include local Sacramento Valley Farm to School resources and Harvest of the Month connections. The cost is $20. Seven CEUs are available from the California School Food Service Association for Child Nutrition Professionals.
To view the agenda, and register, visit

Plant Family Camp
Aug. 7-11, 2006 9:00 a.m. to Noon, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
This camp for parents and children will include solar energy activities as well as gardening and building projects. Hands-on projects include building a solar fountain and making models of a solar car. The cost is $125 per family, which includes the cost of a model solar car kit.
To learn more, and to register, visit

Hooked on Hydroponics Awards
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2006
Sponsored by the National Gardening Association and leading companies from the hydroponic gardening industry, this award provides hydroponic garden systems to elementary, middle, and high schools.
To learn more, and to apply, visit

How can the UCCE help you?
The University of California Cooperative Extension provides information developed through UC research to all California citizens. Your UCCE office has farm, 4-H, and nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisors who will connect you with a master gardener, offer classes on everything from growing the best lawn to drying your own tomatoes, and can even help you plan for retirement. Contact your county office for all the answers.
Visit to find your local office.
UCCE contact information is also listed in CFAITC's Teacher Resource Guide. Request a CD today!