Cream of the Crop

February 2010

In this issue:
Teacher Feature - Sergio Z. de Alba
1. Annual AITC Survey
2. Imagine this... Behind the Scenes with the Illustrators
3. National Agriculture Week
4. Edible Schoolyard
5. National Teach Ag Day
6. Garden ABCs - School Garden Recipe Contest
7. Syngenta IPM in School Gardens Grant
8. Cooking Up Change - National Healthy Cooking Contest
9. 2010 National Ag in the Classroom Conference
10. 18th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
Resources
County - Local Events

Teacher Feature
Sergio Z. de Alba
2010 Literacy for Life Teaching Award winner
R.M. Miano Elementary, Merced County

Give an example of how you use agriculture to teach in your classroom or in your program.
My "Fruit of the Week" lesson is popular with my students. Each week I bring a fruit to taste, smell, experience, and to use as the focus to practice a variety of sentence writing, math, social studies, and science.... read more...

1. Annual AITC Survey
Submit your comments and feedback now on our online survey! Please rate our programs, resources, Web site, etc. at www.cfaitc.org/survey. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and your response will help us improve the integrity and quality of all we produce. For completing the survey we would like to send you a thank-you gift of resources including California Poultry Federation teacher resource CDs, a National Watermelon Association teacher resource CD, and a class set of Sunkist Health Habits magnets.

2. Imagine this... Behind the Scenes with the Illustrators
The state-winning stories from the Imagine this... Story Writing contest are being illustrated by high school art students. Visit the photo gallery to see these talented artists at work! www.cfaitc.org/gallery

3. National Agriculture Week
National Agriculture Week is March 14-20, 2010. How will you be celebrating in your community? Find event ideas and resources from www.agday.org.

Celebrate with CFAITC with two fundraisers: Enjoy a luncheon aboard Hornblower Cruise's The Wild Goose in Newport Beach on Saturday, March 20, 2010 or join us for dinner at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento on Thursday, March 25, 2010.
Visit www.cfaitc.org/naw to learn more.

4. Edible Schoolyard
Edible Schoolyard Academy: Creating Garden and Kitchen Classrooms in Every Community
This two-day workshop will provide hands-on activities, presentations, guided discussion, breakout sessions, and student-led tours to participants who will learn to use tools for teaching Edible Education--an integrated approach to education in the garden, kitchen, and classroom. The academies take place on three different dates this summer: July 8-9, 2010, July 13-14, 2010 and July 16-July 17, 2010. The application deadline is April 15, 2010. The cost is $400. Visit www.edibleschoolyard.org for more information.

5. National Teach Ag Day
Feb. 25, 2010
Are you an agricultural educator? Share your story and encourage your students to consider a career in the same field—tag your replacement. Learn more about the campaign, and read spotlights from educators and students, at www.naae.org/teachag.

6. Garden ABCs - School Garden Recipe Contest
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2010
This contest by Garden ABCs invites recipes that you've made at school, home, camp or an after-school club that feature fruits and vegetables common in most gardens and farmers markets. Winning recipes will be published with recognition in an upcoming children's book by Anne Nagro and everyone who submits a recipe will be entered into a drawing to win a GloPanel 45® LED grow light. Visit www.gardenabcs.com to submit your entry.

7. Syngenta IPM in School Gardens Grant
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2010
Syngenta is sponsoring the Syngenta IPM in School Gardens Grant to support educators using school gardens as a tool for teaching students about integrated pest management strategies in the garden and on farms. During 2010, four schools will receive grant packages valued at $1,250. For more information, visit www.kidsgardening.com.

8. Cooking Up Change - National Healthy Cooking Contest
Enter by Mar. 26, 2010
This contest challenges teams of high school and college students to create a healthful and delicious school meal that meets the Institute of Medicine nutrition standards, incorporates a local food item, draws from ingredients commonly available to food service, and can be easily prepared in a school kitchen. Finalists will compete at the National Farm to Cafeteria conference May 16-18, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. For more information, visit www.healthyschoolscampaign.org.

9. 2010 National Ag in the Classroom Conference
June 24-26, 2010, Baltimore, MD
This year's conference, Pioneers of Ag... Sailing into the Future, will be held in Baltimore, MD. The program will feature topics from music to technology for preK-12, even more resources, workshops, exhibits—all in the MidAtlantic area. For detailed program and agenda, and to register, visit www.aitc2010.com.

10. 18th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
July 22-24, 2010, Pasadena, CA
The garden can be an incubator for fostering engaged citizens. For children and youth, a garden can be a science lab, art studio, kitchen, gathering place, theater of the imagination, a special place to explore the world. Attend this three-day symposium to explore in-depth positive impact of gardens in the lives of children and youth. For more information, visit www.ahs.org.



Resources

Lesson plan: Eat Your Plants
In this garden-based lesson, students will identify plant parts and understand how each plant part is an important component to our daily diet. Whether dining on a leaf, flower, fruit, root, seed or stem, students will discover how to make healthy eating choices. This lesson meets California science and health education standards for grades 1-3. Download (PDF, 162 KB)

Book: My Favorite Tree by Diane Iverson
From the Aspen to the Yew, the native trees of North America give us food and shelter, and are an important part of our heritage. This book provides facts about 27 major trees, including vital statistics, dependant wildlife and the role they played in the lives of the Native Americans and the Colonists. Appropriate for grades K-5. Dawn Publications, 1999. ISBN 978-1-883220-93-8

Resource: Farm Facts Booklet
This 32-page booklet contains realistic illustrations of farmers, consumers, livestock and crops. It features charts and graphs with facts about today's agricultural system, food consumption and safety, biotechnology, international trade, historical highlights, and agricultural terminology. A one-sided poster map (38" x 27") is included with each booklet. To order from The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture for $4.25 plus s/h, visit www.ageducate.org.

Web site: My American Farm
An interactive, online game that helps students learn not only where their food comes from, but how it gets to their plate. My American Farm reinforces math, social studies, language arts and science skills in the context of agriculture and food production. Educational resources for educators are also available. www.myamericanfarm.org

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