Tracking the History of California Agriculture
We are pleased to provide you with an interactive timeline of the history of California agriculture. California leads the nation in agricultural production. This timeline features many historical turning points, such as the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, that irreversibly altered the future of the agriculture industry. Students will learn about why agriculture plays such an important role in our economy and society.
Join our new blog - LearnABoutAg@Home! Ag in the Classroom is sharing ag-tivities on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) that help teachers and parents throughout CA ensure their students can continue learning where their food and fiber comes from while they are out of their classrooms. Each day, at 10am Ag in the Classroom shares fun, education ag-tivities that can be enjoyed at home. The ag-tivities will be listed on our blog for easy reference and sharing.
Orange You Glad We Have Farmland?
What percentage of the land do you think it takes to grow all of the food that we need to feed the world? Use this educational poster, with a lesson plan for 3-5 grade incorporated on the back side, to learn more about the importance of conserving California farmland.
Explore our Pick-A-Peck of Produce resources as an addition to your classroom tasting experience! This is a 6 month mini Taste & Teach program exploring tomatoes, apples, kiwifruit, citrus, various nuts, and leafy greens.
This free program comes ready with all lesson plans and enrichment activities provided. Journey 2050 takes students from around the world on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability. The program allows students to make inquiry-based decisions through interactive video games and witness their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale.
Journey 2050 is a school-based program that uses timers to adhere to bell schedules; thus, Farmers 2050 was built! It uses the same sustainable agriculture concepts and game-based technology but is intended to be played at home or during school breaks. Students have a chance to discover what it really takes to feed the world. Farmers 2050 allows users to plant crops, raise animals, and craft goods to sell in their local community all the while managing the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economic and social.
"Where Your Food Grows"
McDonalds Trayliner/Placemat and Lesson Plan
Explore a few more of our best teaching resources that stand on their own, including a coloring book, California Grows Map, Ag Quiz, and more!
Farming is Everywhere Coloring Book
Follow your hosts Farmer Joe and Farmer Maria through this coloring book to learn more about agriculture. Have fun seeing and coloring all that agriculture provides—it is more than you could ever imagine!
How does your food get pollinated? Pollinators are essential to agriculture and the environment. Students will learn about the various categories of pollinators and their contribution to producing California agriculture commodities. Includes three activities, a math exercise and ideas for Service Learning and Citizen Science. This resource is aligned to California Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Learn about the top three ag commoditiies in each California county with this California Grows... poster.
California Agriculture Quiz
Pumpkins and Squash
Pumpkins and squash are treasures of the New World. Learn more about using this page from our 10th edition of What's Growin' On?
Presidential Turkey Tour Activity Guide
The four-page guide introduces students to the history of our nation's Presidential Turkey tradition and engages them with activities about the popular poultry. Activities are aligned to California Education Standards which include Common Core English Language Arts, Common Core Mathematics, and Next Generation Science Standards.