Cream of the Crop

August 2008

Gardens for Learning: Linking State Standards to Your School Garden
The activities identified in chapter 3 of the Gardens for Learning guidebook from the California School Garden Network (CSGN) have been aligned to California state standards.
Download or request a hard copy of the alignment from the CFAITC Web site.
Request a full copy of the guidebook from the CSGN Web site.

2008 Imagine this... Story Writing Contest
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2008
Break out the newly sharpened pencils and use this writing contest to start the school year with creativity, learning and excitement. Students in grades 3-8 are invited to write a fiction or non-fiction story about California agriculture. Looking for inspiration? California produces more than 350 commodities, from edible to decorative to structural, the products and by-products are all around! Try What's Growin' On? Planting Healthy Lives for some great ideas.
Read previous winning stories
Order the fully-illustrated softbound book ($10)

California State Fair - Authors Booth
Tues., Aug. 19, 2008 12 - 5pm
Four of the Imagine this... authors will make an appearance at the State Fair (building A) to talk about their experience, answer questions, and autograph copies of the Imagine this... Stories About Agriculture book.

National AITC Conference
Nearly 550 educators, state representatives, volunteers and ag literacy enthusiasts attended the National AITC Conference at the end of June in Costa Mesa. Now it's time to start thinking about applying the tips, hints, lessons, and activity ideas to the classrooms and gardens. Several workshop, mini-workshop and make 'n' take sessions have their presentations or handouts posted online. Download them for a refresher or to explore a topic that you may have missed.
The next national conference will be June 24-27, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. The next California conference will be Oct. 2009 in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County.

Teacher Resource Guide Evaluation and Recommendations
Have you used the 2008 Teacher Resource Guide book or the 2008 Teacher Resources CD? Do you know how it could be better? Do you know a resource that isn't listed? Take three minutes today to submit your suggestions and recommendations. Complete the form by Aug. 15 (and include your name) to receive a set of twelve commodity postcards and be entered in a drawing for a copy of the Imagine this... book.
Evaluation and Recommendation Form

Teach Beef: California Beef Council Educator Newsletter
Volume 2, issue 2 of the California Beef Council's biannual newsletter is now available. Produced for California's educators, this issue shows how to bridge the gap between agriculture and urban life and describes the Stewardship and Animal Husbandry Teaching kit.
Download the fall 2008 issue (PDF, 226 KB)
To subscribe, send an e-mail with your name and e-mail address to askus@calbeef.org or call 916/925-2333. For more free resources, visit www.calbeef.org.

CFBF Photo Contest: Budding Artists
Deadline: postmarked by Sept. 26, 2008
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 www.cfbf.com.

Field Trip Ideas

Tanaka Farms
Orange County
Strawberries, watermelons, pumpkins and Christmas trees--there's something for everyone year-round.
Richard J. Elkus Ranch
San Mateo County
This ranch, owned by the University of California, offers programs for students to explore the connections between agriculture and their daily lives.
Haag Farm
Yolo County
Learn about technology used in modern walnut orchards.

Disney Minnie Grants
Deadline: Aug. 30, 2008
Ages 5-14 are invited by Youth Service America and Disney to apply for this grant of $500 to support their youth-led service project. Projects must take place Oct. 15 - Nov. 15, 2008. Older youth (ages 15-25) or organizations may also apply, provided that youth (ages 5-14) have a significant part in planning, implementing, and evaluating the project.
For more information and to apply, visit www.ysa.org/awards.

Children's Garden Program
The UC Davis Children's Garden Program offers training for parents and educators to support school garden programs. All workshops include hands-on activities in the Ecological Garden at the UC Davis Student Farm.

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden
Full-day workshop for school garden teams
Sept. 6 or Oct. 25, 8:30am - 4:30pm
$125/team (minimum 3 persons)
The Power of Perennials
Half-day workshop
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:00am - 12:00pm
$25/person
Where the Wild Things Are: Insects and Other Garden Critters
Half-day workshop
Oct. 4, 2008, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
$25/person

For more information, visit childrensgarden.ucdavis.edu.

Share