National Gardening Day

Today is #NationalGardeningDay! Celebrate by having students make their own Garden in a Glove! Using plastic gloves, cotton balls and seeds, students will be able to see the germination process and #LearnAboutAg@Home!

We also have a have video of this activity in Spanish!

April Teacher Feature

Carrie Boyce, a first grade teacher in Sonoma County is our April Teacher Feature in our Cream of the Crop Newsletter!

“My favorite resource is the Literacy for Life grant that I received this year. It provides teachers with flexibility to add agriculture into their curriculum. The $500 helps provide supplies, field trips, pretty much any of the materials you will need to make your lessons happen.”

Learn more about Carrie and how she incorporates agriculture in her classroom in her Teacher Feature!

Agriculture… à la carte – Your Weekly Ag Update

Agriculture… à la carte – Your Weekly Ag Update: Pollinators play an important role in agriculture. The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently teamed up with organizations from throughout California’s agricultural and environmental industries to develop the California Pollinator Coalition to focus on their shared commitment to the health of wild and managed pollinators.

To learn more about the California Pollinators Coalition, visit CDFA’s Planting Seeds Blog. To #LearnAboutAgatHome and explore pollinators, check out our Prolific Pollinator page to learn how our food gets pollinated.

Fun Fact Friday – Freezin’ Flowers

#FunFactFriday – Did you know that California is the largest producer of flowers and foliage, accounting for almost 80 percent of production in the United States?

#LearnAboutAg@Home and explore more about flowers using our Edible Flowers page from our What’s Growin’ On Props to Specialty Crops Edition and celebrate spring by Freezin’ Flowers to add some pizazz to your ice cubes!

Avocado Taste and Teach

Join us to explore Avocado’s – April’s Taste and Teach commodity of the month! Have students design an experiment to expedite the ripening process of avocados!

Resources Featured in Video:
Avocado Fact and Activity Sheet
– A is for Avocado Page from the 11th Edition of What’s Growin’ On? Elements for Life
Imagine this… Audrey and Ava the Avocados Story and Evelyn Dores Virtual Ceremony

Table Grape Farm to You

Explore the journey of Table Grapes from Farm to You with our newly-developed resource!

Today, 99 percent of U.S. table grapes are produced in California’s warm, dry climate that is ideal for grape growing. This resource illustrates the Farm to You process while including two lesson plans about grape production. Download today!

National Poetry Month

April is #NationalPoetryMonth! Celebrate by having students write an Acrostic Poem describing their favorite agricultural commodity!

Need Inspiration? Check out one of our favorite books, “Lettuce Us Introduce You: Poems about Food” by Laura Purdie Salas for some great examples of poetry centered around the food we eat!

Agriculture… à la carte – Your Weekly Ag Update

Agriculture… à la carte – Your Weekly Ag Update: Did you know that approximately 180 millions eggs are purchased for Easter and egg dying continues to be a favorite tradition for American families? 

We hope everyone had a great Easter! #LearnAboutAgatHome and read the article below for more Easter fun facts! Download our All About Eggs Activity Pack exclusively on Teachers Pay Teachers to learn more about Eggs!

Honorable Mention Imagine this… Ceremony

Catherine Gruen, from Signum Crucis Academy in San Bernardino County is our Honorable Mention Imagine this… Winner!

Catherine’s story, Queen of the Almonds, is a young girls story of keeping her love for the land alive! Her story was illustrated by Nathan Maldonado from Grace Davis High School.

Watch her virtual ceremony below!

8th Grade Imagine this… State Winner

Will Magni, from Sacred Heart School in Stanislaus County is our 8th grade Imagine this… State Winner!

Will’s story, Backyard Basil, was inspired by his family and also his love for Basil! His story was illustrated by Woodland High School.

Watch his virtual ceremony below!