Cream of the Crop

June 2009

1. Imagine this... Story Writing Contest
Plan to enter your student's creative stories in the Imagine this... contest in the new school year. The Story Writing Contest meets California Academic Content Standards 1.0 writing strategies and 2.0 writing applications. Submit up to five stories per classroom. Entries are now being accepted. Entry form, and regional submission addresses (postmark by Nov. 1, 2009), is available for download from the Web site,

2. 2009 California AITC Conference
Remember! CISG funds expire on June 30, 2009, so register today!

Sonoma County's fertile valley and its surrounding environs have made this area a productive and progressive agricultural hotspot. Join us Oct. 23-24 for:

June 30, 2009 (just a couple weeks from now!) is the deadline for spending your $2,500 or $5,000 CA Instructional School Garden (CISG) Program grant funds. Use your CISG grant funds today by paying for your registration and hotel accommodations for the California AITC Conference October 23-24, 2009 in Rohnert Park.
For more information, and to register, visit

3. WE Garden - Event Summary and Lesson Plans
CFAITC worked side-by-side with First Lady Maria Shriver and staff to plan and install an edible garden in Capitol Park. Students from Galt High School grew the seedlings and joined Skycrest Elementary School students to plant the 800-square-foot garden on Thursday May 21, 2009. School classes and the public learned about the robust agriculture industry and the value of school gardens by visiting the 40 booths and CFAITC activity stations located in "Food Alley." As a capstone to the project, CFAITC collaborated with other agriculture literacy organizations to provide 10 garden-related lesson plans aligned to content standards for grades 1-3 and 4-6.

The lesson are available to download from

4. California Fertilizer Foundation School Garden Grant
Deadline: June 15, 2009
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 a grant for $1,200, a $50 gift card to Home Depot and lots of resources.
For more information, and to apply, visit or contact Pam Emery.

5. 3rd Annual Kids Culinary Convention & Competition
September 19, 2009 Sacramento, California
Registration opens Aug. 15
The Kids Culinary Conference promotes the practice and importance of making healthy food choices. Core sessions include Nutrition Facts and Fiction, Menu Planning, Seasonal Eating, Recipe Preparation, Knife Skills, Dining Etiquette and Food Presentation. Kids ages 10-15 are invited to participate in activities, including hands-on cooking sessions taught by top chefs and culinary professionals, and complimentary and participatory mini-sessions for parents. The cost $85 per person, and includes all classes, lunch and a Jr. Chef apron.
For more information, download a flyer from (PDF).

6. The Farmer Grows a Rainbow
Grades PreK-5, free
This set of lesson activities introduces students to MyPyramid, the food guide developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This kit educates students about making nutritious choices and the benefits of a healthy diet. The goal of "The Farmer Grows a Rainbow" is to enhance MyPyramid lessons, integrate them with traditional academic subjects and emphasize the vital role played by the farmer in food production.
Watch videos and download PDFs from North Carolina Agriculture in the Classroom.