Cream of the Crop

September 2006

2006 CFAITC Conference
Early Bird Deadline: Oct. 2, 2006
This year's theme, Agriculture's Lasting Connections will explore how agriculture is integrated in our daily lives and how a hands-on experience for students will create life-lessons that they can look back on and use throughout the future. Detailed descriptions of session opportunities are available on the CFAITC Web site--but don't wait too long! Only a few spaces remain for the pre-conference tour to Antelope Valley (limited to 50).
Learn more and register online.

Conference Scholarships
Deadline: Extended until Sept. 15, 2006
A limited number of scholarships are available. Preference is given to first-time attendees. Please fill out the Scholarship Request Form and return to CFAITC. Fill out the online registration form. For payment, indicate that you are applying for a scholarship.
Scholarship Request Form
Online Registration

Outstanding Educator of the Year
Nomination Deadline: Oct. 27, 2006
Do you know an educator who is using interesting concepts and teaching methods for meeting state academic content standards with agriculture as a theme? Nominate them to be the 2007 Outstanding Educator of the Year. Award recipient will receive a complimentary trip to both the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and the CFAITC leadership training Oct. 12-14, 2007 in Pacific Grove.

National 5 A Day Month
Celebrate good health by eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and enjoying physical activity every day.

OSH School Garden Program
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2006
Each of the 86 California Orchard Supply Hardware stores hope to adopt a school in their vicinity and supply all materials necessary to build a school garden (valued up to $1,000).
For more information and an application, visit

Los Angeles Community Beautification Grant
Deadline: Oct. 17, 2006
A program of the City of Los Angeles, Board of Public Works, Office of Community Beautification (OCB), this grant offers up to $10,000 for community-based organizations to fund neighborhood beautification projects within the city of Los Angeles. Workshops are available to learn about the grant process.
For more information, and to apply, visit

Organic School Garden Awards
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2006
K-12 students can enter this essay and poster contest by showing how they can improve their health and the health of the earth by gardening. Essays should be limited to 800 words and the poster can use four photographs to depict one's garden.
For more information, visit