The easy-to-navigate, mobilefriendly web design helps better highlight a wide variety of teaching resources and programs available for free to K- 12 educators. As part of the website’s launch party, visitors can sign the online guest book, for a chance to win prizes.
The Foundation supports teaching students how food and fiber are grown and how these products arrive at stores and restaurants. Agriculture contributes approximately $54 billion to California’s annual economy, and the state produces more than 400 commodities. CFAITC strives to ensure California’s 7 million students —the next generation of consumers, parents and decision-makers—grow up with an understanding of agriculture’s critical contributions.
The groundwork for the Foundation started in 1980, as an effort of the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). Teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District asked CFBF to assist with a field trip to a farm. This request sparked a new project and program designed to help teachers. Due to the overwhelming support of Ag in the Classroom from the entire agricultural industry, CFBF orchestrated the formation of CFAITC in 1986. Over the years, the Foundation has built a reputation for providing quality, scientifically-accurate teaching resources to educators, free of charge. The organization also hosts events including an annual educator conference and the Imagine this… Story Writing Contest.
The new-and-improved website hosts lesson plans, activity sheets, student newspapers and other resources, all available for free to the public. These materials are designed to help classroom teachers, afterschool coordinators, school garden managers, parents, and other formal and informal educators interested in teaching students about California agriculture. In addition to the array of teaching materials, the website includes information about programs, events, and grants and scholarship opportunities. Visit www.LearnAboutAg.org to see the new website and learn more about the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.