Cream of the Crop

October 2007

CFAITC Deadlines and Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming dates.
Oct. 12-14, 2007 2007 AITC Symposium Asilomar Conference Grounds, Monterey County
Oct. 26, 2007 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Nomination Deadline
Nov. 1, 2007 Imagine this... Story Writing Contest Deadline
Nov. 26, 2007 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Application Deadline
Dec. 1, 2007 Imagine this... Story Writing Contest Regional Winners Announced
Jan. 1, 2008 Imagine this... Story Writing Contest Statewide Winners Announced
Mar. 16-22, 2008 National Agriculture Week
June 25-28, 2008 2008 National AITC Conference Costa Mesa, Orange County

Imagine this... Story Writing Contest
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2007
This contest helps meet California Content Standards in the classroom. Third through eighth grade students will make a connection with the subject matter when they learn about the countless ways that California's farmers and ranchers affect their daily lives. Six statewide winners, one from each grade level, will have their story illustrated and published and will be recognized at a ceremony in Sacramento during National Ag Week, March 2008.
For contest rules and information, visit

2008 Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Nominations Deadline: Oct. 26, 2007
Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2007
Thousands of California teachers are making a difference by bringing agriculture into their classrooms. Are you one of them? We want to know about your unique and innovative approach. Awards include cash prize and expense-paid trip to the National AITC Conference in Costa Mesa, June 2008.
For an application, or to view previous year's winners, visit

What's Growin' On? Planting Healthy Lives
The 6th edition of the student newspaper will be available at the 2007 AITC Symposium. Pre-order a free class set through the Web site (requests will be shipped in November). Copies of the fifth edition, Lasting Connections, and accompanying Teacher's Guide, are still available. Request a free set while supplies last. Promotional Flyer

How You Can Help
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom believes that today's students deserve to know where their food really comes from. Would you like to help others learn about the resources available from CFAITC? Do you have a favorite Teacher Store or gathering place that would be willing to hand out our contact information? Send an e-mail to to request a set of 50 promotional flyers. Or, visit the Web site to learn how you can help by educating, donating, volunteering, and learning more. There's life before the grocery store!

Green California Schools Summit & Exposition
Dec. 4-6, 2007 Pasadena, CA
This event will focus on the strategies, technologies and services that can be utilized for new and existing public schools to "go green." Keynote speakers include Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Nye. Highlights range from defining what a "green" school is, to funding and building the school and then involving the student body.
For more information, visit

Junior Master Gardener's Paper Pot Activity
How can you turn a pile of old newspaper into a stack of "plant-able" transplant pots? The Paper Pots lesson is a simple way to use a plastic cup and a classroom of wet fingers to create pots that won't disturb roots when transplanting. This excerpt from the JMG Teacher/Leader Guide is all hands-on as it explores recycling and seed propagation.
Download the activity from (PDF) or order the entire guide ($38) from

2008 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2008
The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. invites 4-H members to write 750-1,000 words about "The Results of Honey Bee Pollination in My Community." Cash prizes include $250 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd place. The winning essay will be forwarded to the national competition.
For more information, visit (PDF).

2008 Love Your Veggies Nationwide School Lunch Campaign
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2007
Hidden Valley, School Nutrition Foundation, and Produce for Better Health Foundation will award $10,000 to 51 elementary schools nationwide (one in each state and one in Oakland, CA) to support programs that increase student access to, and consumption of, fresh vegetables and fruits during school meals.
For more information, and to apply, visit

U.S. Potato Board School Wellness Grants
Deadline: Apr. 15, 2008
The U.S. Potato Board and the School Nutrition Foundation will award ten grants of $2,500 to public elementary schools for equipment and/or educational programs that will help move children toward healthier diets and improve their overall wellness.
For more information, and to apply, visit