Imagine this… Story Writing Contest

Raise your hand if you are ready to be a published author!📗

The Imagine this…Story Writing Contest is OPEN and accepting ONLINE submissions.

All students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to write a story (fiction or nonfiction) incorporating CA agriculture and apply.

⏰Deadline is November 1⏰

Get information & submit stories HERE!


Accepting Submissions! Imagine this…Story Writing Contest

Our Imagine this…Story Writing Contest is now accepting submissions online! Submission Deadline: November 1, 2022.

Here are three ways to get students Grades 3-8 excited to submit a story:

  1. Watch this NEW! (less than 2-minute) video on the magic of becoming a published author.

2. Winning Students Receive:

  • Opportunity to be a published author!
  • Their name in lights on the State Assembly floor and a tour of the capitol!
  • An e-reader!
  • All-expense paid trip to the state capitol for the Imagine this… Ceremony. Parents and teacher included!

3. Need ideas? See past winning stories HERE! and general contest information and resources HERE!

Submit your own story by November 1, 2022. Simply click to submit!



Did you know, one of Ronald Reagan’s favorite physical activities was working on his family’s 688 acre ranch near Santa Barbara?

Register today for the Pre-Conference tour at the CA Ag in the Classroom Conference!

There are only 15 spots left!

Join us to find out more fun facts about Ronald Reagan including how agriculture shaped part of his life!

Click here to register!


Thank you Ag Teachers!

While every day is #LearnAboutAg day around here, we are all in on #National Teach Ag Day!

What to make agriculture come alive in your classroom? Start with the below resources, some longtime favorites and some exciting new ones too!

Longtime Favorite Resources:

Agriculture Fact and Activity Sheets

California Grows Map Popular!

What’s Growin’ On? Newspaper


California Lesson Plans about Agriculture

New Resources:

Farm to You Posters Popular!

Source Sleuth

Beef Boosts Poster


Harvest Time!

Processing tomatoes harvest is in full swing in the Sacramento Valley!

California leads the nation in processing tomato production. These tomatoes have a thicker skin and firmer consistency than fresh market tomatoes.

Find out more with our Processing Tomatoes Fact and Activity Sheet.


Agriculture…à la carte…Your Weekly Ag Update!

🥑Avocado toast lovers rejoice.!

Nearly 263 million pounds of California avocados were shipped through August 2022. Read more about how the season is wrapping up here and download our Avocado Fact and Activity Sheet to learn more about this golden state grown fruit. Yes, avocados are a fruit!


Fun Fact Friday!

#FunFactFriday: It’s National Rice Month!🌾Who knew most rice fields in California are planted by airplane? Or that rice is a great source of amino acids?

Find out more with our rice resources found below! ⬇️

Request FREE resources here!


Literacy for Life Grant

#FunFactFriday: Last school year, 797 students in California had the opportunity to #LearnAboutAg through the Literacy for Life Grant Program.

From planting gardens, to performing science experiments, to building chicken coops, this grant has provided teachers and students the chance to bring agriculture to life in the classroom! 🪴📚⭐

The grant application is open now until October 1, 2022.

For more information and to apply, click here.


3 Weeks Left Until Conference!

⭐ Pre-Conference Tour Announcement!

Did you know President Ronald Reagan owned a ranch near Santa Barbara? Or that his favorite flavor of Jellybean was Licorice?

Learn all things Ronald Reagan at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on the CA AITC Conference’s Pre-Conference Tour! Included on the tour is the Reagan Leadership Experience Center. Spots are limited!

For more information and to register for the pre-conference tour, visit: https://learnaboutag.org/programs/conference/



Agriculture…à la carte…Your Weekly Ag Update!


Less water, more watermelon? An ancient technique is helping growers produce more watermelon yield. Read more HERE!

Download our Agricultural Water Fact and Activity Sheet HERE

Get our Melons, Mitosis and Meiosis activity for grades 9-12 HERE!


Resource Alert!

We love these posters so much, we lined our office hallway with them! Originally developed to support Fresno Unified School District’s CDFA’s Farm to Fork Incubator Grant project, the resource features a different California commodity each month! Plus, an accompanying newsletter includes grower interviews, virtual field trips, and engaging classroom activities. All content can be downloaded HERE!


5 Weeks Left Until Conference!


🧑‍🏫 Workshop Alert! We have many fun and engaging workshops planned for Conference that you won’t want to miss!

From learning about beef, to how students can run a school garden, to celebrating food heroes through picture book biographies and other stories, these workshops will make agriculture come alive in your classroom!

Register for the California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference here.


Taste and Teach🍎

5 reasons why your classroom should participate in Taste and Teach:

🍎 Day 4: Why should your classroom participate in Taste and Teach?

⭐ Your students will learn the source of their food and fiber and become knowledgeable about California agriculture!

Apply by clicking here.

🕑 TOMORROW (8/19) is the last day to apply!



Taste and Teach🍎

5 reasons why your classroom should participate in Taste and Teach:

🍎 Day 3: Why should your classroom participate in Taste and Teach?

⭐ Your students will be more willing to try new things and encourage healthier eating habits at home!

Apply by clicking here.

🕑 Clock is ticking…3 days left to apply!

#LearnAboutAg #TasteAndTeach #TeachAg


Taste and Teach🍎

5 reasons why your class should participate in Taste and Teach:

🍎 Day 2: Why should your classroom participate in Taste and Teach?

⭐ It is important to teach students about California agriculture’s role in promoting a healthy economy, while providing a safe and nutritious food supply.

Apply by clicking here.

Deadline to apply is this Friday, August 19th!

#LearnAboutAg #TasteAndTeach #TeachAg


Taste and Teach🍎

5 Reasons why your class should participate in Taste and Teach:

⭐Day 1: 100% of survey respondents from the 2021-2022 school year, agreed the tastings introduced students to a healthier food choice and increased their appreciation for agriculture!

To apply click here
Deadline to apply is this Friday, August 19th

#LearnAboutAg #TasteAndTeach #TeachAg


6 Weeks Until Conference!


Have you booked your room for conference? 🏨 Don’t wait, the hotel room block is filling up fast! Check out this video to see the hotel!

⭐Ventura County Fun Fact: Because of its temperate climate, Ventura County produces crops year-round! The most produced crops in the county include strawberries 🍓, lemons 🍋, and nursery stock! 🪴

Click here to register!

#LearnAboutAg #AITC #VenturaCounty #VenturaBeachMarriott


Teacher Feature and California Ag in the Classroom Conference

Meet our August Teacher Feature! What’s Mary’s favorite resource?

📙“The California Ag in the Classroom Conference! I have shared with my fellow teachers that this is the best conference and training I have ever attended in all my years of teaching! I have never gained so much new knowledge in one weekend (plus, so many freebies)!”

Read more about Mary and register for the AITC Conference here!


Taste and Teach Application is OPEN!

Your classroom just got tastier! 🍎🥕

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom partners with Raley’s and Stater Bros. to give teachers the opportunity to Taste and Teach! Selected teachers will receive a binder full of helpful resources, including instructions on how to lead students in a taste test while meeting California Academic Standards. In addition, teachers will receive a $100 gift card to Raley’s or Stater Bros. to purchase featured California-grown commodities.

⭐ The Taste and Teach application is now OPEN through August 19, 2022.

⭐ To find out more information or to apply, click here.


7 Weeks until Conference!

#CountdownToConference We are so excited to share the field trips we have planned for this year!

Founded in Ventura County in 1893, The Limoneira Company is one of California’s oldest and largest citrus growers in the United States, and the largest grower of avocados in the nation! 🍋🥑

Want to learn more? Check out this video, Limoneira Packing House on Living Local.

In addition to the The Limoneira Company tour, we have other locations lined up such as the UC Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Monte Vista School Garden, Reiter Affiliated Companies Strawberries, and Rancho Bella Vista! 🌱

Have you registered yet? Click here and join us in-person at the California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference and learn what makes Ventura County agriculture so special!

#LearnAboutAg #AITC #VenturaCounty


Literacy for Life Grants

Literacy for Life Grants, sponsored by the Oreggia Family Foundation, are designed to initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agricultural literacy. Grants of up to $500 are provided to California educators to support the integration of agriculture into regular classroom instruction. To explore the list of project ideas and read how recipients have used this grant in the past, go to Literacy for Life Grants (learnaboutag.org). Grant applications are open starting August 2, 2022.

You can find the application here. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2022.