Cream of the Crop

March 2007

National Ag Week Mar. 18-24
You've already saved the date; now is the time to finalize your plans and decide how you will celebrate agriculture during the fourth week in March. Whether it's hosting a farm day, starting a school garden, or participating in a CFAITC event, there are a lot of ways to express your appreciation during this special week.
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Cream of the Crop Educator Newsletter
The Spring 2007 issue isn't due out until later this season, but now is a good time to catch up on past issues and make sure you're on the mailing list. View past issues back to 1999 on the CFAITC Web site. Hardcopies of 2006 issues are still available. Request one for yourself and a couple for your colleagues by filling out the online form. Indicate issue date and quantity in the comments field. If you're not already on the mailing list to receive Cream of the Crop hot off the press, this form will also sign you up for a free subscription.

California Grown Activity Poster
Grades K-2, 3-5
This poster created by California Grown, in partnership with CFAITC, features Shawn White and photos of California grown foods on the front and lesson ideas aligned to California State Content Standards on the back. Activities include "California--Everything You Need, Right in Your Own Backyard," "Interactive California Grown Map," "Who Makes Our Stuff?," "From Seed to You," "California Grown at Home" and "California Grown--More Than Just Food."
The poster will be distributed to 1,000 schools across the state, but is also available as a free download from

Teach Beef: California Beef Council Educator Newsletter
Volume 1, issue 1 of the California Beef Council's biannual newsletter is now available. Produced for California's educators, this issue highlights the Beef in Brief resource, aligned to the California Content Standards, and includes tips for incorporating the history of California missions into the teaching kit.
Download the Spring 2007 issue (PDF, 258 KB)
To subscribe, send an e-mail with your name and e-mail address to or call 916/925-2333.
For more resources available from the California Beef Council, visit

Forestry Institute for Teachers
Applications due Mar. 16, 2007
$20 non-refundable application fee required.
Four sessions are available this year! Learn about trees, forestry and their connection to California agriculture. All meals and lodging are provided free for this seven-day residence workshop. Teachers will receive extensive classroom and curriculum materials and a $200 stipend upon completion and implementation of a forest-related curriculum unit or project conducted in their classrooms.

For more information, and to apply, visit

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
Mar. 21-25, 2007
The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show will feature four acres of inspiring gardens, seminars, and a children's area with hands-on activities, demonstrations and container gardens created by Bay Area students.
For more information, and tickets, visit

8th Annual Water Awareness Poster Contest
Deadline: Apr. 13, 2007
In celebration of Water Awareness Month in May, fourth grade students are invited by the California Farm Water Coalition to create an 8 1/2" x 11" poster that expresses their feelings about irrigated agriculture in California. Winners will receive savings bonds and have their artwork featured on the CFWC Web site, teachers will receive credit towards classroom supplies.
For more information and entry instructions, visit

National Environmental Education Week
Apr. 15-22, 2007
In it's third year, National Environmental Education Week is designed to increase the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms and beyond. Participants can access information on the Web site including suggested activities and curricula, the Richard C. Bartlett Award for Environmental Education, online Nature Bee, and a photo contest.
For information, visit

Instructional School Garden Program
Deadline: Apr. 20, 2007
Applications are now available!
Non-competitive grants of $2,500 or $5,000 per school site, depending on enrollment, are available for equipment and supplies or professional development to California schools. Applications must be submitted by district office or county office of education.
For more information, and the application, visit

California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers
Nursery Industry Fund for Innovation and Excellence
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2007
Funding requests of any amount will be considered, though available funds will generally limit individual grants to no more than $20,000. Project topics include classroom materials to integrate horticulture, professional development programs for teachers or nursery industry employees, recruitment materials for students to study horticulture at high school or college level, outreach materials to education consumers about horticultural services and products, and materials or programs that inform about the economic, social, and environmental benefits of the green industry.
For more information, contact Dr. Mark Shelton at