Cream of the Crop

June 2010

In this issue:
Teacher Feature - Toni Linde
1. California AITC Conference 2010
2. WE Garden - Fruit Tree Planting
3. Busy Bees: Investigating the Pollination Cycle
4. Ag Boot Camp
5. California Farm to School
6. Forestry Institute for Teachers
7. Entomological Society of America Awards
8. California State Fair Vet School Program
News - Farm Trails
Resources
County - Local Events

Teacher Feature
Toni Linde
2nd grade teacher, Plymouth Elementary
Amador County Unified School District, Amador County

How do you use agriculture to teach in your classroom?
We're doing our butterfly unit right now and we just finished raising salmonids and releasing the fry in the Mokelumne River last month. We also have the praying mantis egg cases hatching in our classroom and find ladybug larva and pupas throughout our garden each day.... read more...

1. California AITC Conference 2010
Nov. 4-6, 2010 - Shell Beach, CA
The idea of teaching our children the origin of food is rooted in longevity, timelessness, permanence. Agricultural literacy is a gift to be taught and protected—to benefit present and future generations. Join us in Shell Beach for workshops, guest speakers, field trips, hands-on demonstrations, and an unforgettable learning experience as we explore the cutting edge of agriculture education in California, relying on both trusted tradition and modern innovation.

Visit the CFAITC website to register for the pre-conference tour to Hearst Castle and Hearst Ranch ($80), to register for the conference ($225), and to link to accommodations at the Cliffs Resort ($119/night with the "AGCLASSROOM" group rate.)

2. WE Garden - Fruit Tree Planting
On Tuesday May 18, 2010, First Lady Maria Shriver planted four trees—almond, apricot, plum and cherry (donated by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation), as part of the WE Garden in Capitol Park. California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom offered activities for more than 100 participating students and hosted a "taste test" featuring fresh, frozen and canned peaches, and peach smoothies. At the event, Jamba Juice announced their new "It's All About the Fruit" fruit tree planting competitive grant program for schools to expand their gardens to include fruit trees and develop sustainable practices and the "Sip to Support a Garden" fundraising program to give schools and community gardens a year-round funding source to support nutrition education and gardening.
View photos from the event on Facebook. Visit Jamba Juice to learn more about the fundraiser and grants.

3. Busy Bees: Investigating the Pollination Cycle
A new lesson plan about pollination was launched at the WE Garden fruit tree planting. Download the newest of the WE Garden lesson plan series from the CFAITC website (PDF, 159), or browse the entire packet and other resources at www.cfaitc.org/wegarden.

4. Ag Boot Camp
June 23-24, 2010, Sonoma
Ag Boot Camp is an educational program where teachers and educators can expand their knowledge of agriculture and identify resources for agricultural education in classroom activities. Hosted by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau in Santa Rosa, this two-day workshop is designed to stir your imagination, alter your perceptions and uncover answers to questions you always wanted to know about agriculture.
For more information, visit the event calendar.

5. California Farm to School
The California Farm to School program helps brings healthy food from local farms to school children. Visit their website at www.cafarmtoschool.org to view videos that share how others are making it happen with farm visits, garden-based learning, by cooking in the classroom, and with farmer visits.

6. Forestry Institute for Teachers
Applications are still being accepted for the Forestry Institute for Teachers. Four sessions this summer include:

Visit www.forestryinstitute.org to learn more about these week-long opportunities to increase your understanding and appreciation of California's forest ecosystems.

7. Entomological Society of America Awards
Application deadline: July 1, 2010
President's Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education, funded by Entomological Society of America, recognize educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools. One winner will be chosen from among primary teachers (grades K-6) and one from among secondary teachers (grades 7-12).
For more information, and to apply, visit www.entsoc.org.

8. California State Fair Vet School Program
Saturdays, July 17, 24, and 31, 2010, 5-9 pm, Livestock Nursery, CA State Fair
The California State Fair Vet School Program provides students ages 10-17 a chance to learn, and more importantly, ask questions about the veterinary profession and its potential as a career. Registration includes a BBQ dinner and an evening snack, T-shirt, lanyard, backpack, water bottle, pen, and a notebook portfolio. The cost for attending the program is $20 (it does not include admission to the State Fair or parking).
For more information, and to register, view the event calendar.



News

Ag adventures
Story by Steve Adler

Have you ever sunk your teeth into a juicy peach just moments after you plucked it from a tree? Or how about petting a piglet, learning how to spin wool or going on a cattle drive?

Those adventures and many more await consumers who venture forth on the more than 20 farm trails scattered throughout California.... read more...

Resources

Lesson plan: Agricultural Awareness Through Poetry
Poets have used farming and agriculture as an interesting and relevant topic that connects with nature, culture, and communities. In this lesson students will read and respond to poems written by Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, Agnes Maxwell-Hall and other authors. Download (PDF, 156 KB)

Book: This is the Sea that Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin
This book explores the oceans' food chain that reaches all the way to whales and human beings in an intricate web. Appropriate for students in grades 3-6. ISBN 978-1-883220-70-9.

Resource: Agriculture Counts
Curriculum for students in grades K-12 use surveys and censuses as the basis for showing why agricultural statistics are important in today's world. As information becomes more significant in our daily lives, Agriculture Counts teaches students where to find prime sources of reliable and complete data. Available as a free download from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Website: zipTrip with Purdue University Scientists
Do you want to take your middle-school science students on a field trip without breaking the budget? Teachers and students in grades 6-8 can attend a free zipTrip through Purdue University. Participating teachers will receive a teacher's guide and access to short, classroom-ready videos that introduce students to Purdue scientists. On the designated zipTrip day, students will be "zipped" to the Purdue campus where they'll electronically meet actual scientists.

County - Local Events

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