Cream of the Crop

May 2010

In this issue:
Teacher Feature - Judy Aschwanden
1. WE Garden: Planting of Fruit Trees
2. Sacramento Valley Chapter CWA Scholarship
3. Extending Fact and Activity Sheets
4. Seeds for Schools from People's Garden Initiative
5. Summer Ag Seminars
6. 2010 National Ag in the Classroom Conference
7. Biotechnology Resources
8. National Get Outdoors Day
9. GOOD Magazine Garden Design Contest
News - Cotton
Resources
County - Local Events

Teacher Feature
Judy Aschwanden
2010 Recipient of Ag in the Classroom's Literacy for Life "Vocational Agriculture" Award
Santa Rosa High School, Sonoma County

Why is it important for our students to be agriculturally literate and aware in today's society?
There is a disconnect with individuals between what is necessary to live and knowing where those resources come from...Our goal is not to create farmers only, but community members who can make educated decisions about agriculture and understand this vital industry.... read more...

1. WE Garden: Planting of Fruit Trees
May 18, 2010, 10:30 a.m., Sacramento
The First Lady's office invites all school-aged students, parents and teachers to celebrate the one year anniversary of the WE Garden at Capitol Park with a fruit tree planting. Since the planting of this garden, hundreds of vegetables and bundles of herbs have been harvested and donated to Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, helping to feed families in the Sacramento Community. The expansion of the WE Garden will bear even more harvest for our community. These trees will be planted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., adjacent to the WE Garden, east of 13th Street, between L and Capitol. Come out to the dedication ceremony and enjoy a fresh fruit give away and free Jamba Juice smoothies. CFAITC will be there with a new lesson idea (downloadable from the Web site after the ceremony).
For more information, e-mail us at cfaitc@cfaitc.org.

2. Sacramento Valley Chapter CWA Scholarship
Application deadline: June 1, 2010
Two Community College Scholarships ($500 each) are available from the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CA Women for Agriculture to support community college-bound (or returning) students who seek a career in an agriculture-related field.
Download application (PDF).

3. Extending Fact and Activity Sheets
There are currently 29 fact/activity sheets available—with more coming soon! Each sheet includes history of the commodity or resource, up-to-date facts and lesson ideas. Did you know that each topic is also linked to news stories and farmer profiles? Learn from the Asparagus Fact Sheet that spears are harvested when they are nine inches long, then watch a video of Victoria Island Farms harvesting and processing their crop.
Visit the California Country Web site for a list of articles for each sheet.

4. Seeds for Schools from People's Garden Initiative
Is your school garden a People's Garden? Seeds are available to schools that designate their garden, including green beans, radish and squash. Additional varieties of plant starts are available for schools near the Sonoma-Marin FSA Office. For more information, contact Beverlee Block.

5. Summer Ag Seminars

June 7-9, 2010
San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation (209) 931-4931
June 22-24, 2010
Ag Tour and Seminar 2010 - EAT Foundation, Kings County
July 13-15, 2010
Ag Tour and Seminar 2010 - EAT Foundation, Kings County

6. 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.

7. Biotechnology Resources
Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field that uses research tools from biology and chemistry to find solutions to current scientific problems. Some biotechnology professionals look for the genetic basis of disease or factors that affect lifespan. Others focus on solving food shortages, the climate crisis, or criminal investigations.
For more information, visit www.teachersdomain.org.
Source: AgroWorld Newsletter

8. National Get Outdoors Day
June 12, 2010
The National Get Outdoors Day event has been created to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Goals of the day include reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.
For more information, and to find an official event in your area, visit www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.

9. GOOD Magazine Garden Design Contest
Deadline: June 15, 2010
To bring gardens to all schools in all neighborhoods, we need to provide school site teams with innovative, replicable garden designs. If costs, layouts, and materials are clearly shown through good design, it will be easier to fund gardens with support from government, corporate private and foundation partners. The easier we can make the plans for schools and volunteers, the more school gardens will bloom.
For more information, visit www.good.is.



News

California cotton stages a partial comeback
By Ron Miller

Improved market prices and the prospect of a less restricted water supply have encouraged California farmers to plant more cotton this spring.... read more...

Cotton couture: Fashion starts at the farm
By Christine Souza

From the expansive fields of fluffy white to fashion runways in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, all eyes are on a premium fiber grown in California. It's pima cotton.... read more...

Resources

Lesson plan: Let's Make Compost Cake
Students will observe the process of decomposition and the nutrient cycle by creating a compost cake out of browns (straw, leaves, dead plants), greens (food scraps, grass clippings) and soil. Students will learn about decomposition while nourishing the soil. This lesson meets California science and math standards for grades 4-6.
Download (PDF, 151 KB)

Book: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Meet the horses, sheep, goat, geese and a jaunty old scarecrow that all live in the big red barn. This book provides an introduction to farm life and is appropriate for grades K-3. ISBN 978-0-590-44245-9.

Resource: Worms Eat Our Garbage
This curriculum uses over 150 worm-related classroom or home activities to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Activities integrate science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology and the environment. To order for $22.95 plus shipping, visit www.wormwoman.com.

Web site: Conversations on Care
Hear firsthand from some of America's farmers and ranchers about how they provide care to their animals every day to bring us the safest and healthiest food possible. This Web site hosts videos, testimonials and facts about the experience of raising livestock. Teachers will find background information for preparing units on farm animals and agriculture production, while older students will find an information hub for research projects. Visit www.conversationsoncare.com.

County Local Events

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