Cream of the Crop

May 2008

1. 2008 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
June 25-28, 2008, Costa Mesa
Extended Registration Deadlines: May 20, 2008
All deadlines have been extended for three weeks. Tours and field trips are filling up fast, but there's still time to get your scholarship request or early bird registration in! California is hosting the national conference for the first time in more than 16 years. Highlights will include workshops and mini-workshops allowing you to immerse yourself into an ag topic of your choice that will inspire you in the classroom, Make 'n' Takes that will provide an introduction to hands-on activities that can be used with a wide range of grade levels, and a farmer and rancher panel that will provide insight in to the working world of agriculture. Resource materials, handouts, exhibits, networking with other educators--the list goes on and on--wait until you see all that we have planned! This combination of national and California conference will be an experience that is not to be missed! The next California AITC Conference is scheduled for fall 2009.
Register Online
Workshop Descriptions
Mini-workshop Descriptions

2. 2008 Teacher Resources CD
CFAITC is pleased to announce the new Teacher Resources CD, a compilation of all of the information in the Teacher Resource Guide, 28 downloadable Fact and Activity Sheets, each of the CFAITC lesson plans and units that have been aligned to the Content Standards for California Public Schools, and more. Pre-order your free copy today; requests will start shipping in June. CDs will also be available at the conference.

3. CFAITC in the News
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom programs were recently featured in these publications.

Radio Disney - April 15, 2008
Judy Culbertson, Executive Director, interviewed for the Public Affairs show.
Capital Press
Teacher earns A+ from urban students - April 18, 2008
Young authors spread the word about agriculture - April 11, 2008
Teacher sows ag into studies, reaps statewide recognition - April 4, 2008

4. All About Farmers' Markets
Grades PreK-2
The All About Farmers' Markets: A Teaching Guide for Classrooms, Camps, and Community Programs curriculum uses an interdisciplinary approach to introduce kids to food concepts and origins, while exploring farmers' markets and their role in our communities. The guide is available for $24.95 from Brain Child Books. The corresponding picture book ($4.29) is also available in Spanish. Bulk rates are available.
Erratum: CFAITC listed an incorrect price for this resource in the Teacher Resource Guide and the Spring 2008 issue of Cream of the Crop. We apologize for any inconvenience.

5. Kern County Teachers' Ag Seminar
July 28-30, 2008 Bakersfield
Sponsored by Kern County Farm Bureau, Kern Agricultural Foundation, KCSOS School to Career and local farms and businesses, this seminar will provide discussions and presentations about the top commodities in Kern County, processing food products, California's water supply and more. Participants will visit several farms and processing facilities and will spend a half-day interacting with a local farmer or rancher. The cost is $75. College credits are also available.
For more information, call 661/397-9635.

6. Forestry Institute for Teachers
Application deadline: extended until sessions are filled
$20 non-refundable application fee required.
Learn about trees, forestry and their connection to California agriculture. Now in its 16th year, the Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) has already trained some 1,650 teachers about ways to incorporate real-life natural resources issues into their California standards-based curriculum. Teachers attend the summer session in order to help their students benefit from the educational experience, gaining a deeper understanding of forest ecosystems, natural resources, and more about this valuable commodity that humans use for water, timber and recreational activities. The environment becomes a basis for learning in many subject areas, including environmental science, physical science, social science, biology, forestry, history and language arts. 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.

  • June 15-21, 2008 - Plumas County, University of California Forestry Camp
  • July 6-12, 2008 - Shasta County Camp, McCumber, Shingletown
  • July 13-19, 2008 - Humboldt County, Humboldt State University

For more information, and to apply, visit

7. Modern Marvels: World's Largest Combine
Just what is a combine? How do you harvest 250 million acres in America? How about a 46,000 pound, 462 hp engine, 40 foot cutter head, machine! Watch the video.
Source: AgroWorld Newsletter
Interested in seeing some ag equipment up-close and in person? Visit the Heidrick Ag History Center or attend "The Best Show on Tracks," June 20-22, 2008, both in Woodland.

8. MyPyramid Podcasts
The MyPyramid Podcasts show how taking small steps can add up to real changes in your weight and health. A new video is added each month. Titles so far include "New Year's Resolution," "Just Get Moving," "Nutrition Gatekeeper" and "MyPyramid Menu Planner."

9. California Fertilizer Foundation School Garden Grant
Deadline: June 15, 2008
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 $1,200, a $50 gift card to Home Depot and lots of resources.
For more information, and to apply, visit or contact Pam Emery.