Cream of the Crop

November 2006

What's Growin' On? Lasting Connections
The fifth edition of What's Growin' On? has arrived! Follow "Woodsy" the Dusky-Footed Woodrat on his journey to learn about the number one industry in California--agriculture. Activities throughout the publication meet third through eighth grade California Public School Content Standards.
California educators are invited to request a free class set of these 16-page newspaper supplements.

Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2006
There's still time to fill out an application to apply for one of several honors. Awards include expense paid trips to National AITC and CFAITC conferences and more. Contact CFAITC at 800/700-AITC with any questions.
Download application (PDF, 273 KB)

Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden
This comprehensive guidebook provides detailed step-by-step instructions for creating a school garden, inspirational testimonials, and a reference list of resources, training opportunities, and fundraising ideas. The guidebook is now available to download for free, or California teachers can request a copy to be sent to their school.

2007 Teacher Resource Guide
Have you seen or created a resource about California agriculture lately? There's still time to submit for the 2007 edition of the Teacher Resource Guide. Fill out the Resource Recommendation Form.
Have you used the Teacher Resource Guide on CD this year? Fill out the 2006 Teacher Resource Guide CD Evaluation to let us know what you liked, and what you would like to see improved next year. The first 10 to respond will receive a free gift.

National Farm-City Week
Nov. 17-23, 2006
Since 1955, National Farm-City Week has encouraged an understanding of the interdependence between rural and urban residents. It's in everyone's best interest for our farms and cities to remain strong and viable; neither can exist in isolation! A 31-page booklet and tools for the classroom to help celebrate Farm-City Week are available at

Los Angeles Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2007
Training: Mar. 3-May 26, 2007
Cost: $100
Want to become a Master Gardener or school advisor? Los Angeles County residents who want to help teach low- and limited-resource individuals how to grow and eat more nutritious vegetables and fruits should apply to attend classes this spring.
For more information, and to request an application packet, please contact Gloria Mitchell at 323/260-3348.

3rd Grade Cabbage Growing Program
Class sets of cabbage plants are available from Bonnie Plant Farm for your students to carry home and grow. These Oversize Cross cabbages may grow to more than 40 pounds and bigger than a basketball. The student who grows the largest cabbage in their class will be entered in a statewide drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.
Sign up to receive plants for your class:

California Fertilizer Foundation School Garden Grant Program
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2007
The California Fertilizer Foundation annually provides 24 grants for $1,000 each to schools throughout California. At the end of each year, winning schools can re-apply for a progress grant of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip.
For more information, and to apply, visit

Thanksgiving has Agricultural Roots!
Use these resources to bring further appreciation of agriculture into your classroom:

Gobble It Up (Grades 4-6)
Learn about Thanksgiving, the history of the turkey, and more. CD includes virtual tours, pictures, and video footage.
Contact: California Poultry Federation at
Sweet Potatoes
From the Farmer's Field to Your Plate
Language Arts Lesson Plan (PDF)
Contact: North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission at
All 'Bout Cranberries curriculum packet (Grades K-8)
Contact: Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association at

Find these and other lesson plans and materials listed in the Teacher Resource Guide.