Cream of the Crop

February 2012

In this issue:
Teacher Feature - Sue Wallace
1. Imagine this... Stories Posted Online
2. Annual CFAITC Survey
3. What's Growin' On? Farm to School Connections
4. Tulare County Farm Bureau Calendar Art Contest
5. It's All About the Fruits and Veggie's Grant Program
6. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Workshops
7. Garden-Based Learning: Teacher's Training
News - Learning to Grow with Seed Survivor

Teacher Feature - Sue Wallace
Functional Life Skills Teacher
Glacier Point Middle School
Fresno County

What is the most profound impact that agriculture education/awareness has had on you?
I watched Orange County go from a quiet, small town and agricultural area to a concrete-covered metropolis. A simpler way of life was being taken over by urban sprawl. I began to wonder where our food was going to come from. read more...

1. Imagine this... Stories Posted Online
Full text of the winning stories are now available online. High school art students are working hard to make these stories come alive! The full-color paperback book will be published next month. CFAITC will host the ceremony on March 21, 2012 to honor the Imagine this... authors traveling from Stanislaus, Merced, Siskiyou, and Los Angeles counties.
For more information, and to read the stories, visit

2. Annual CFAITC Survey
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2012
Without your support and dedication, our resources would go unused and our message would not be heard. Please let us know how we can help you by improving the materials you use to spread agricultural literacy. Include your name and contact information (kept separate from your answers) to receive a set of commodity postcards as a gesture of thanks for completing the survey.
To fill out the survey, visit

3. What's Growin' On? Farm to School Connections
Free classroom sets of the ninth edition of What's Grown' On? Farm to School Connections are available while supplies last. This 16-page newspaper highlights the many agricultural products of California and meets content standards for grades 3-8.
Order your classroom set today at

4. Tulare County Farm Bureau Calendar Art Contest
Deadline: Feb. 10, 2012
In recognition of National Ag Week, Tulare County Farm Bureau, the Tulare County Office of Education, and Network for a Healthy California, are holding a calendar art contest for Tulare County students in grades K-12. A total of 14 winners will be selected for the 12-page, full-color calendar. This year's theme is "Tulare County Agriculture... Grown Locally, Enjoyed Globally."
For more information, visit

5. It's All About the Fruits and Veggie's Grant Program
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012
Sponsored by Jamba Juice and presented by KidsGardening, this grant program will provide 20 schools with $500 in gardening supplies, curriculum, soil amendments, and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. The application deadline is February 15, 2012 and winners will be announced April 23, 2012.
For more information, visit

6. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: A Centerpiece for a Healthy School Environment Workshops
This free, two-day training opportunity for school personnel and community partners will provide tools to support an increase of fresh fruits and vegetables on school campuses through fun, interactive, and skill-building activities. The workshops will be held throughout California during the months of February and March.
For more information, and a list of dates, visit

7. Garden-Based Learning: Teacher's Training
Mar. 31, 2012, San Luis Obispo
This workshop through the UC Master Gardener program offers ideas for connecting school gardens to classroom instruction.
For more information, and to register, visit

Learning to Grow with Seed Survivor
Water, sunlight, soil, and nutrients are the four components that plants need to grow. This is one message that elementary school students throughout California will learn when the Seed Survivor Mobile Classroom comes to their school. The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) is partnering with Agrium, parent company of Crop Production Services, to host this educational "field trip on wheels" in elementary schools throughout the state between now and April 2012. read more... (PDF, 873 KB)

Lesson Plan: Agricultural Awareness Through Poetry
See how poets have used farming as an interesting and important topic and then will students write a poem on how and why agriculture is important in his or her life. This lesson meets California content standards for students in grades 9-10, and can be easily adapted for multiple grade levels.
Download (PDF, 157 KB)

Book: Lettuce Introduce You: Poems About Food by Laura Purdie Salas
Poems in various forms celebrate everything from watermelon to Brussels sprouts. ISBN 978-1-4296-1703-1

Website: The Popcorn Board Website
A website about popcorn with information and fun for all ages! There is a student section, teacher section, recipes, trivia, videos and how to make perfect popcorn.

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