Cream of the Crop

September 2009

1. Resources for Every Season CD
This resource is not too cool for school, it's just what you need for your classroom! The CD installs on your computer and contains all of CFAITC's current materials:

Pre-order your free CD from

2. California AITC Conference 2009
Oct. 23-24, 2009, Rohnert Park, CA, Sonoma County
Early bird prices ($225 for full registration) are good through Sept. 21, 2009. Register online or download a registration form (PDF). View the field trip Google map to help select your first and second choices. Are you coming into town early? Plan to attend the Thursday evening welcome reception, hosted by Sonoma County Farm Bureau. You'll be inspired and motivated at the 2009 conference!

3. Farm Bureau Photo Contest
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2009
Aspiring photographers ages 13 and under whose parent is a Farm Bureau member are invited to enter the California Farm Bureau Federation photo contest in the Budding Artist category. First place receives $250, second place receives $100. Ten entrants will receive a copy of the latest Imagine this... book. Still life, landscapes, action shots, all styles are encouraged as California's youth shares their view and appreciation of agriculture. Enter today!

4. 2010 National AITC Conference: Call for Proposals
June 24-26, 2010 Baltimore, MD
Proposal deadline: Oct. 1, 2009
Presentation proposals for the 2010 national conference are now being accepted for workshops, mini-workshops, roundtables and resource fair. Visit for the form.

5. School Garden of the Year Contest
Deadline: Oct. 2, 2009
This year, to celebrate School Garden Week (October 24-31), the California School Garden Network is sponsoring a school garden contest that focuses on sustainability and how the garden promotes academic achievement, a healthy lifestyle, environmental stewardship and community and social development.
For more information, and to apply, visit

6. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: A Centerpiece for a Healthy School Environment
This free, two-day training offered by CDE provides tools to support an increase of fresh fruits and vegetables on school campuses through interactive and skill-building activities. Part two will be offered next year.

7. Santa Cruz Area School Garden Open House
Sept. 12, 2009 10:30-1:30 Santa Cruz, CA
Organized as part of Life Lab's 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Santa Cruz Area School Garden Open House will showcase many gardens for the public. This event is preceding Life Lab's Annual Benefit in the Garden Classroom, 4-7pm.

8. California Country Magazine
The September/October 2009 issue of California Country magazine is a must-read! It includes feature stories about the Imagine this... Story Writing Contest, Farm to School in the Riverside Unified School District, recipes from Jr. Chefs, the student-run salsa business at Sacramento's Grant High School, a profile about 4-H, coverage of the WE Garden and more! Read it online at or request a complimentary copy.

9. Imagine this... Story Writing Contest
Deadline: postmared by Nov. 1, 2009
Entries are due to your regional coordinator by the first of November. Download an entry form for your class' top five stories at

10. Biotechnology Opportunities

BioTech SYSTEM is a Northern California consortium supporting biotechnology education in grades K-14.
UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Students
Interested in having your students learn about engineering and the biomedical sciences and participate in hands-on activities dealing with biomedical engineering? Have UC Davis biomedical engineering graduate students visit your classroom!
E-mail Justin Shaffer or Jen Phipps