Cream of the Crop

December 2007

Imagine this... Story Writing Contest - Regional Winners!
The 2007 regional winners have been selected in the Foundation's story writing contest. This year, 48 regional winners from California are now vying for top statewide honors. The list of regional winners is available on the CFAITC Web site. Statewide winners will be announced after the first of the year. Congratulations young authors!

What's Growin' On? Planting Healthy Lives
Three activities and a recipe from the 6th edition of this student newspaper are now available online.

Request a free class set of newspapers 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 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!

CFAITC Shopping Totes
Bring the results of agriculture home from the supermarket, or farmer's market, in style with reusable CFAITC Shopping Totes. Dark green with natural imprint, these bags are 13" x 13" x 5" and are available for $2. Order online or by calling 800/700-AITC (2482).

California School Garden Network
Employment Opportunities
This new feature from CSGN and CFAITC lists garden and ag education employment opportunities. Search by region or keyword, or post a listing for your organization.

Event Calendar
The event calendar focuses on California events and opportunities related to school gardens or ag literacy. Search by region, county, event type or audience, or post your own event.

2008 National Ag Day Materials
National Ag Day: Mar. 20, 2008
National Ag Week: Mar. 16-22, 2008
The following materials are available from the Agriculture Council of America.

How will you celebrate this spring?
For more information, and to order, visit

JMG Plant Parts Canned Food Drive
Turn your drive for a local food bank into a service learning project by categorizing each can received by each part of the plant (roots, stems, leaves, flower, fruit, and seeds).
To learn more, visit

California Fertilizer Foundation School Garden Grants
Deadline: January 15, 2008
The California Fertilizer Foundation provides direct funding to California schools for garden projects. The gardens provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to truly "grow" together. Twenty-four $1,200 grants for garden projects are available 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.
To learn more, and to apply, visit