ESE Teacher Wins 
Ronda Curtis, a special education instructor for kindergarten through fifth grade at Bagdad Elementary in Milton in the Panhandle, has won FAITC's Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for the elementary level and is the overall Florida winner. To learn more about Curtis and the three other Florida teacher winners for this year,  Click Here.

Important Dates


Feb. 29, 2016- Deadline for CHS Scholarship applications to NAITCO National Conference. For more info, Click Here.


March 18, 2016 - Deadline for FAITC Volunteer Grant applications. For more info, Click Here. 


March 21, 2016 - Teacher Workshop/Farm Tour, Osceola County Extension Office, Kissimmee. For more info, Click Here.


April 12, 2016 - Deadline to register for materials if reading on Florida Agriculture Literacy Day. For more info, Click Here.


April 26, 2016 - Florida Agriculture Literacy Day. For more info, Click Here.


June 14-15, 2016 - Summer School Garden Workshop, Bok Tower Gardens, Polk County. For more info, Click Here.

2015 Annual Report
   FAITC reached 9,600 teachers and 192,000 students in Florida K-12 classrooms with its programs in 2015 . To learn more about FAITC's performance last year, Click Here.
Gardening for Nutrition Books Available
   Gardening for Nutrition, a school garden teacher resource with K-12 lessons covering reading, writing, science, math and more, is available to Florida teachers for free. To download a digital version or order a hard copy version, Click Here .
Support FAITC
   When shopping on Amazon, please consider donating to FAITC using Amazo n Smile. It's an e asy way to support agricultural  literacy in  Florida K-12 classrooms. Amazon will donate .5 percent of certain purchases to FAITC if you use the following link at Amazon.  Thank you for your support. To donate to FAITC Click Here.

Volunteer Grant 

Deadline Fast Approaching

   Non-profit organizations with projects that educate K-12 students about the source of their food, fiber and fuel are in luck. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is once again offering its Volunteer Grants program. The deadline for applications is Friday March 18.

   Farm Bureau offices, Extension offices, 4-H programs and other non-profit organizations and governmental agencies are eligible. To learn more about the program and download an application, Click Here. Teachers are not eligible for Volunteer Grants. But they are eligible for Teacher Grants and School Garden Mini Grants, which are available at the beginning of the school year.

Florida Agriculture 

Literacy Day April 26

   Florida K-12 teachers and agriculture industry volunteers interested in educating students about agriculture are encouraged to participate in Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Tuesday April 26. 

   This year's book, Drive Through Florida: Vegetables, is the second in a series of non-fiction books tied to Florida educational standards that emphasize reading for content by describing the many vegetables grown in the Sunshine State.

   The book's red truck mascot 'Ole Red' takes students on a tour of tomato, squash, snap bean, sweet corn, lettuce, bell pepper and potato farms around the state, among others.

    To learn more about Florida Agriculture Literacy Day, Click Here. Readers are expected to schedule their classroom visits, and are asked to schedule those visits before they order materials. Registration for materials, which includes one book and teacher resource disc per class and one bookmark and sticker per student, will become available on FAITC's website in late February.

Teachers Can Apply for 

'Blooming in the Desert' Awards

   Florida general education teachers who use agriculture in innovative ways to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and more can apply for a scholarship to cover registration for the 

2016 National Agriculture in the Classroom's Conference 'Agriculture Blooming in the Desert' near Phoenix, AZ June 22-24.

   CHS Foundation, Inc.  is once again offering to pay for the registrations for K-12 teachers from around the country to attend the national conference. To learn more about the opportunity and to apply for a scholarship, Click Here. The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday Feb. 29. To learn more about the national conference, Click Here.

Farm Tour, School Garden  
Workshops Scheduled
   FAITC and its partners have scheduled two workshops this spring and summer for K-12 general education and agri-science teachers interested learning how to use school gardens and agricultural approaches as teaching tools.
   The workshops are:
    'Sowing Seeds of Knowledge' School Garden Workshop/Farm Tour, Monday March 21, at the Osceola County Extension Office in Kissimmee. Lunch and a tour of a u-pick blueberry and blackberry farm are included for a $10 registration fee. Teachers who attend are eligible for seven professional development points. For more info and to register,  Click Here.
    'Summer School Garden Workshop, Tuesday June 14-Wednesday June 15, at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales in Polk County. Most meals, educational resources and gardening supplies for hands-on activities included in the $30 registration fee. Teachers who attend are eligible for 12 professional development points. For more info and to register,  Click Here.
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Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Gainesville and funded by sales of the agriculture specialty license plate called the 'Ag Tag.' To learn more about the Ag Tag