Be one of 250 educators to introduce your students to new fruits and vegetables with a $200 California Specialty Crop Taste Test Grant. This is a tasty way to reinforce Common Core standards in your classroom.
Taste testing in the classroom will help third through eighth grade students throughout California gain exposure and new-found knowledge about specialty crops that will help them make improved decisions about what they eat. Last year, as part of this program, more than 13,500 students were able to try new fruits and vegetable while learning about California agriculture. In fact, teachers have said that many students asked their parents to buy some of the commodities they have tried in class at the grocery store.
Educators that received the Taste Test Grant in 2013 were asked, “How has this program been beneficial to your classroom instruction?” See their responses below.
“The California specialty crops program enabled students in my STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) enrichment class to do hands-on taste testing of crops they were researching. This took their learning to a new level and helped them to form connections in their research on phytochemicals with this firsthand experience.”
“The program helped to expose my students to the vitamins and minerals in fresh fruits and vegetables that keep us healthy. My students have also begun to read package labels and identify the benefits. They were able to taste several fresh and dried fruits that were new to them. Their discoveries of these new food items has helped them make better food choices especially when looking for snack foods to eat.”
“Where do I start? This program is wonderful! My students have gained more awareness about CA specialty crops and CA agriculture. They have expanded their taste for fresh foods through the tastings. They have also increased their literacy skills through using all the great resources you have made available. We all love it!!!!”
Consider incorporating this program into your classroom! Grant applications are due October 22, 2014. Applications can be completed online and are available at www.LearnAboutAg.org/tastetest.