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California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Meet the Staff

We are a small, but mighty team, with a passion for what we do.

Have a question or comment?

You can reach us at 800-700-AITC (2482).


Judy Culbertson

Judy Culbertson

Executive Director

Judy@LearnAboutAg.org

Favorite Ag Memory

Growing up on my family pear ranch, I started selling lemonade in our packing plant, graduating to pushing boxes around a corner on rollers, and finally, managing the fruit process and distribution.

Loves About Her Job

It is a win-win. The farmers appreciate the good will we bring to ag. Teachers appreciate agriculture's investment in them and their students.

Fun Fact

I enjoy boating, gardening and training in motor cars in my free time!

With Ag in the Classroom

I started with CFBF when Ag in the Classroom was one of its programs, in 1980.


Lyn Hyatt

Lyn Hyatt

Administrative Coordinator

Lyn@LearnAboutAg.org

Why Learn About Ag?

Since I grew up in the city, it wasn't until I started working for Ag in the Classroom that I realized just how important agriculture is in our daily lives and how much we all benefit from it.

Favorite Ag Memory

The closest I came to ag was hearing stories about the chickens my grandparents kept in the backyard of their home in Rhode Island.

With Ag in the Classroom

Since 1989, just three years after it was founded.

Fun Fact

I love fiber arts—knitting, weaving, crocheting—all of it!

Projects

Grant administration, development assistance, special event assistance


Mindy DeRohan

Mindy DeRohan

Program Manager

Mindy@LearnAboutAg.org

Favorite Ag Memory

Growing up showing livestock (mainly pigs) throughout the state!

Loves About Her Job

Helping students and teachers truly understand where their food comes from. I am passionate about agriculture and education and this job allows me to work in an industry that I love while developing relationships with teachers throughout California.

Fun Fact

I love to run and have a one-year daughter who keeps us running all-the-time!

Projects

Taste and Teach, Imagine this… and special projects


Hayley Lawson

Hayley Lawson

Curriculum Coordinator

Hayley@LearnAboutAg.org

Favorite Ag Memory

Every weekend, my family and I would travel to Waterford to go help at my uncle’s cattle ranch. Running amuck with my cousins and taking the four-wheelers for joy rides were always a great adventure once the work was done.

Why Learn About Ag?

Agriculture and where your food came from used to be common knowledge. With the large disconnect from agriculture to consumer in today’s day and age, it is important to educate the public about where their food, clothing, water, timber, and fuel are coming from. I am happy to be part of one of the moving pieces to help share the correct information with the next generations of agriculturists.

Loves About Her Job

Every day brings a new adventure! One day I am in the field, the next I am in the office. What other job do you get to work with farmers, ranchers, students, teachers, and the public?

Fun Fact

I can wiggle my ears! Currently section-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail! Youngest of 5 kids!

Projects

Curriculum Development including the following projects: Start to Finish (PPP), Farm to You, Commodity Fact Sheets, Ag Bites, Beef Council Campaign, and What's Growin' On.


Terri Salmond

Terri Salmond

Administrative Assistant

Terri@LearnAboutAg.org

Favorite Ag Memory

In the summer, my cousin and I would run up and down the orchards eating as many pears as we could consume, until we were sick as dogs. Then, on the way home, we would always stop at the little roadside stands to get fruits and veggies to take home.

Why Learn About Ag?

Children need to learn their history in order to grow, in my opinion. The more they learn, the more well-rounded they will be. That includes learning where their food comes from.

Fun Fact

I love history and trivia. I learned to play chess at age four.

Projects

Office support, resource request processing, reception, database maintenance, general project support


Michael Ackley-Grady

Michael Ackley-Grady

Outreach Coordinator

Favorite Ag Memory

Growing up raising and showing livestock. My favorite experience was competing and showing goats at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado and having my friends, parents, and grandparents there for support.

Loves About His Job

I love connecting with people and being able to share my passion for agriculture and education. I love working in the agriculture industry where there is constantly change and new innovations.

Fun Fact

I own and operate a small farm with 30+ show goats.

Projects

AITC Partnerships, Literacy for Life Grants, Look at Agriculture… Organically Grants, County AITC Coordinator


Meet our Consultants

Mandi Bottoms

Mandi Bottoms

Curriculum Consultant

Mandi@LearnAboutAg.org

Favorite Ag Memory

Visiting my dad at work. He worked in a timber mill in Humboldt County for over 40 years. I was always amazed at the process of turning trees into useable products. Today, I make memories with my own family. I get to witness the same awe in my daughters' eyes as they ride tractors, watch prunes being shaken from a tree, and pick their own peppers.

Why Learn About Ag?

Agriculture makes learning relevant and interesting. It answers the question all students have asked since the beginning of time--"Why do I need to know this?" Math, science, language, history, art, and nutrition can all be taught using agriculture for context. Agriculture in the Classroom engages students with real-life problems that require students to carefully consider the world around them.

Fun Fact

I'm an avid cyclist and have completed several 100-mile rides.

Projects

Curriculum and resource development