Cream of the Crop

May 2007

Watch Your Mailbox for New CFAITC Resources!
The spring 2007 issue of the educator newsletter Cream of the Crop has been mailed to more than 30,000 educators and volunteers. You may have already received your copy. For a free subscription, or to request additional quantities, please fill out the online form:

Orders for the 2007 Teacher Resource Guide are starting to be filled. Request your free CD or book today!

AITC National Conference
June 6-9, 2007 New Orleans, Louisiana
Spice up your agriculture in the classroom by networking with other educators that have already put AITC to work for them and attend traveling, hands-on and mini workshops.

Keep the ideas flowing by planning to attend the 2007 AITC Symposium Oct. 12-14, 2007 in Pacific Grove and don't miss when California hosts the national conference June 24-28, 2008 in Costa Mesa. Wait until you see what we have planned!

Energize Minds for Solar Design Grant Program
Deadline: May 15, 2007
This year, SMUD will provide high schools or community colleges within the SMUD service territory $5,000 or $10,000 grants to explore solar energy and to create innovative solar projects at school and in the community.
For more information, and to apply, visit

Fruits & Veggies--More Matters Challenge!
Contest ends: May 31, 2007
Do you eat the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each day? This is one case where more really is better. The Produce for Better Health Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are challenging you to incorporate more fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruit, and 100% juice into your family's routine. Submit a recipe or tip that includes fruit and/or vegetables to be entered to win a weekend getaway at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California, or Hyde Park, New York.
For ideas about how to include more fruits and vegetables in your consumption opportunities, and to enter the contest, visit

California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers Nursery Industry Fund for Innovation and Excellence
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 levels, 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

California Fertilizer Foundation School Garden Grant
Deadline: June 15, 2007
Are you interested in starting a school garden or enhancing one that is already in place? Apply for the California Fertilizer Foundation's School Garden Grant to receive $1000, a $50 gift card to Home Depot and lots of resources.
For more information, and to apply, visit or contact Pam Emery at

Online Agriculture News Sources

Ag Alert
Published weekly by the California Farm Bureau Federation, the top stories from each edition are available online.
California Farmer Magazine
Each monthly edition is available online. Web site includes commodity market information.
Capital Press
Weekly issues provide current information on agricultural topics and events.

Algae Biofuel
Relatively high oil prices, advances in technology and the increased emphasis on renewable fuels are attracting new interest in a potentially rich source of biofuels: algae. Read more about it at
For more ideas and information, subscribe to AgroWorld E-zine:

National Gardening Association Grants

Hooked on Hydroponics Awards
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2007
Youth Garden Grants Program
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2007
Healthy Sprouts Awards
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2007

Program Coordinator Joins CFAITC
Please join us in welcoming Megan Tipton to the Foundation. Megan serves as a Program Coordinator with a primary focus of planning CFAITC's annual conference. Megan has been busy developing some exciting themes for the upcoming symposium in October where we'll dig deeper into ag topics in beautiful Monterey County and, just eight months later, for the national AITC conference in magical Orange County. Welcome, Megan!