Cream of the Crop

December 2009

1. Imagine this... Story Writing Contest - Regional Winners
2. CFBF Photo Contest - Budding Artists Winners
3. What's Growin' On? Cultivating Your Future - Mechanical Movers
4. Annual CFAITC Survey
5. 2010 Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award
6. California Fertilizer Foundation Garden Grant
7. Welch's Harvest Grants
8. Web Sites Worth Exploring

1. Imagine this... Story Writing Contest - Regional Winners
From 'Artie the Artichoke' and 'Avalanches of Almonds' to 'Zucchini' and 'Jay Z the Lonely Owl,' the 47 regional-winning stories explore many themes in California agriculture. Six of these stories will be chosen as state winners. The stories will be illustrated by high school art students and published as a book. View the complete list of 2009 regional winners at www.cfaitc.org/imaginethis. State winners will be announced on the Web site on January 1; the book will be released at the Imagine this... awards ceremony during National Agriculture Week in March 2010.

2. CFBF Photo Contest - Budding Artists Winners
Congratulations to this year's Budding Artists! 11-year-old Lauren Millang's haunting imagery of pumpkins received first place and 12-year-old Andrew Bettisworth's study of an antique hay rake received second place. Visit the CFAITC Web site to view the photos. They will also be displayed at the CFBF annual meeting in December in Anaheim, and published in California Country® magazine in 2010.


3. What's Growin' On? Cultivating Your Future - Mechanical Movers
Visit the CFAITC Web site Kids' Corner to identify the simple machines and complex technology on a tractor. From page 3 of the latest What's Growin' On? newspaper for students, this activity—on paper or online—meets science standards for grades five (6g) and seven (7d). Browse the Web site for interactive activities from previous issues, stand alone games, recipes and more. Hard copy class sets of the last three issues of What's Growin' On? are still available for free; request yours today!

4. Annual CFAITC Survey
Coming next month! The annual CFAITC survey is your chance to formally provide feedback about our programs, resources and services. When you receive your invitation in early January, please take a few minutes to fill out the online form. Your response will help us improve the materials we already have and the statistical data gathered from all submissions will help us apply for grants to create new materials. Include your name and address at the end of the survey to receive a gift!
Suggestions are welcome throughout the year via the online form, by e-mailing cfaitc@cfaitc.org or by calling 800-700-AITC (2482).

5. 2010 Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award
Deadline: January 10, 2010
Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award will help families grow memories together. Recognizing the power of gardens to connect individuals of all ages socially, culturally, and emotionally, the H. J. Heinz Company is proud to sponsor the Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award, designed to foster family-focused garden efforts in communities across the country. The award will provide 57 families with the tools needed to embark on a successful gardening adventure that will foster lasting intergenerational memories while growing wholesome food.
For more information, visit www.cfaitc.org.

6. California Fertilizer Foundation Garden Grant
Deadline: January 15, 2010
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 www.calfertilizer.org or contact Pam Emery.

7. Welch's Harvest Grants
Deadline: February 6, 2010
K-8 public and private schools, public libraries, religious educational centers and Head Start centers are invited to apply for Welch's Harvest Grants. Two schools in each state will receive a customized indoor or outdoor garden package filled with a variety of tools, seeds, educational materials, and more. Garden packages range in value from $1,000 to $250, Winning applicants will have the option of indoor or outdoor packages. For more information, visit www2.scholastic.com.

8. Web Sites Worth Exploring

National Museum of American History: America on the Move
www.americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/games
Science NetLinks
www.sciencenetlinks.com
Christmas Trees and More
urbanext.illinois.edu/trees
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