Cream of the Crop

June 2008

2008 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
June 25-28, 2008, Costa Mesa, California
More than 500 educators, administrators, AITC volunteers, and ag industry representatives are planning to attend the national conference in Costa Mesa. Are you registered? Have you reserved your room? The Holiday Inn (directly across the street from the Hilton) is accepting overflow. Two sessions of workshops, two sessions of mini-workshops, and two sessions of make 'n' takes are just the beginning! There will be inspiring speakers, networking with innovative peers, and you will be inundated by resources--bring an extra suitcase! If you're in the area, drop by and register at the door.
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Commodity and Natural Resource Fact and Activity Sheets
The 28 fact and activity sheets have been updated with current statistics. Download your own copies or get them on the Teacher Resources CD.

CFBF Photo Contest: Budding Artists
Brand new category for young shutterbugs! California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) invites aspiring shutterbugs ages 13 and under who are children of Farm Bureau members to submit their very own photos showcasing California agriculture. First place receives $500, second receives $250 and ten entrants will receive a copy of the book "Imagine this... Stories Inspired by Agriculture," featuring stories written about agriculture by California students.
For more information, and entry forms, visit

Summer Ag Seminars
Summer Ag Seminars are county-based educator workshops that share useful information about agriculture's universal value and provide a connection to regional agriculture. Sign up for one of the seminars listed below or contact your County Farm Bureau to learn about opportunities in your area. Check the CFAITC Web site for new dates as they are announced.

June 24-26, 2008
EAT Foundation Ag Tour and Seminars - Kings County
Kelly Deming, EAT Foundation 559/707-8823
July 15-16, 2008
Sonoma County Ag Boot Camp
Tim Tesconi, 707/544-5575
Flyer (PDF, 380 KB)
July 15-17, 2008
EAT Foundation Ag Tour and Seminars - Kings County
Kelly Deming, EAT Foundation 559/707-8823
July 28-30, 2008
Kern County Teachers' Ag Seminar
Rebecca Been 661/444-5375
July 29-31, 2008
EAT Foundation Ag Tour and Seminars - Kings County
Kelly Deming, EAT Foundation 559/707-8823

Yolo Basin Foundation
Yolo Basin Foundation is recruiting for docent volunteers for the Discover the Flyway school program which hosts more than 4,000 K-12 students from five counties and trains over 100 teachers a year in wetland habitats and wildlife. Docents lead learning stations, assist with field supplies, help develop program tools, and team with staff for Yolo Wildlife Area walks.
For more information about volunteering, contact Sarah Ross at 530/757-4828.
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State Fair Tours and Camps
Reservation deadline: Friday, June 27
Did you know one dairy cow makes 100 glasses of milk a day? That one bale of cotton can make 215 pairs of jeans? That rice fields in California are planted by airplanes? Tours and camps at the state fair can reveal these facts and more.

Fair Time Farm Tour
Tuesdays, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26
This two-hour tour for grades 1-4 emphasizes plant biology, ecology and the interactions of agriculture systems.
Fair Time Forest Center Tour
Tuesdays, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26
On this two-hour tour students will step into the forest and learn a wealth of information that covers all aspects of a forest, from its primitive beginning as a seedbed to a thriving ecosystem and the organisms that live in them.
Day Camp
Fridays, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, 5-10 pm
Kids 6-12 years of age can enjoy hands-on activities like farm-inspired crafts, stories around the campfire and a BBQ supper. The cost is $20.
Sleepover Camp
Fridays, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29
Extend the experience of the Day Camp with a fun overnight stay in tents. Includes a continental breakfast and adults or guardians are encouraged to attend and assist with mealtimes at both events. Costs an additional $15 ($35 total).

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"Pick up a hoe and go!"
This new Web site from Rose Hayden-Smith encourages people to plant school, home and community gardens. VictoryGrower supports the belief that gardening is an excellent way to increase food security (the amount and quality of food) in America, provides policy information, garden resource information (including links to Master Gardener programs), has a youth page, a gallery featuring poster art and photographs from early garden efforts. Hear more about victory gardens from Rose Hayden-Smith at the National AITC Conference in Costa Mesa.

California Fertilizer Foundation - "Fertilizer" Bags
These 12" x 15" plastic bags from the California Fertilizer Foundation look like fertilizer bags when filled with goodies gathered at ag days or special ag-related events. The bag itself is an educational tool teaching readers about what the three numbers on a fertilizer label mean. Request should be sent via e-mail to Pam Emery. Include the date and title of the event, contact name and phone number, quantity, as well as a UPS shipping address, and a description of how these bags will be used. Quantities are limited and will only be provided to programs that educate youth about agriculture.