"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow," late actress Audrey Hepburn.         
  
Seeking Award 
Winning Educators 
 Florida general education teachers who use agriculture  in inno vative ways to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and other subjects have two opportunities to win a free trip to National Agriculture in the Classroom's National Conference 'Show Me Agriculture' in Kansas City, MO June 20-23, 2017.
   Florida Agriculture in the Classroom offers its Florida Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award in which four winners are selected to receive cash prizes and trips to the national conference. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15, 2016. For guidelines and the online application,  Click Here .
   American Farm Bureau's Foundation for Agriculture offers another opportunity for general education teachers and educators nationwide to apply for scholarships to attend the national conference. The White-Reinhardt Scholarship pays up to $1,500 for teachers and educators to attend the national conference. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2016. For guidelines and the online application, Click Here.

Important Dates

 

Sept. 15, 2016- 

Deadline for NAITCO/CHS Classroom Grant applications. For more info,  Click Here .

 

Sept. 15, 2016- Deadline for Florida Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Program Mini-Grants. For more info, Click Here.


Sept. 30, 2016 - Deadline for FAITC Teacher Grant applications. For more info, Click Here.

 

Oct. 1, 2016 - Deadline for NAITCO National Conference Workshop proposals for 2017 National Conference 'Show Me Agriculture' June 20-23 in Kansas City, MO. For more info, Click Here.

 

Nov. 2, 2016- Deadline for 'Fuel Up to Play 60' funds. For more info, Click Here.

 

Nov. 3, 2016 - FAITC 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. For more details, Click Here.

  

Nov. 4, 2016 -

(Tentative) 

Fall FAITC Workshop/Farm Tour, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., St. John's County UF/IFAS Extension, St. Augustine. For more info, 

Nov. 15, 2016 - Deadline for 2017 Florida Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award applications. For more info, Click Here.

 

Dec. 16, 2016 -

Deadline for Progress Reports for FAITC School Garden, Teacher and Volunteer Grants.
Support FAITC
   With back-to-school shopping  under way, please consider donating to Florida Agriculture in the Classroom (FAITC) using Amazo nSmile. It's an e asy way to support agricultural  lit eracy in  Florida K-12 classrooms. Amazon will donate .5 percent to FAITC if you use the following link at Amazon  Thank you for your support. To donate to FAITC, Click Here.
 
FAITC Celebrates 30 Years
  
    Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. In addition, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Ag Tag specialty license plate, FAITC's main source of funding.
     The Gainesville-based non-profit organization has been educating Florida teachers and students in kindergarten through 12th grade about the source of their food, fiber and fuel and the importance of the Florida agriculture during that time.
     FAITC has used those funds to create educational materials, teacher workshops, teacher and volunteer grants and Florida Agriculture Literacy Day to tie agricultural concepts to lessons involving reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. 
     In addition, FAITC has launched a school garden program with its curricula Gardening for Grades, Gardening for Nutrition and soon to debut STEMming Up Gardening for Grades, $500 school garden mini grants and school garden workshops/farm tours for teachers.  The organization estimates it reaches more than 6,000 teachers and 160,000 students each year on average.  To learn more about the history of FAITC,  Click Here.
    To celebrate these milestone events, FAITC's board of directors and staff invite everyone to attend a special dinner called 'Boots, Barns and Books' the evening of Thursday Nov. 3 at Sunny Acres Lodge in Polk City. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Chef Justin will be on hand to make some special dishes, and participants who arrive early can go on buggy rides and participate in a clay shoot on the scenic property in Polk County.To learn more about the event, Click Here.

Teacher, Classroom Grant 

Deadlines Fast Approaching

   Florida K-12 teachers with projects that strengthen students' reading, writing, math, nutrition and science skills while educating them about the source of their food, fiber and fuel are in luck. 

   Florida Agriculture in the Classroom and other organizations are offering grant opportunities to fund these projects.

FAITC Teacher Grants - Eligible projects for Florida Agriculture in the Classroom's Teacher Grants include classroom and schoolyard gardens, animal science projects such as embryology and more. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30. For guidelines and an application, Click Here

CHS Classroom Grants - Eligible projects for National Agriculture in the Classroom's CHS Classroom Grants include school gardens, animal science projects and field trips and farm tours. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15. For guidelines and the online application, Click Here. 15 $500 grants are available. 

FFBF Ag in the Classroom Mini-Grant - Florida Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Program is proud to offer $250 grants to all Florida K-12 teachers. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15. For more information, Click Here 

'Fuel Up to Play 60' Funds - 'Fuel Up to Play 60' funding of $4,000 is available to help schools carry out healthy eating and physical activity programs based on the 'Fuel Up to Play 60' Playbook. The funding deadline is Nov. 2. For more information, Click Here and click on funding or email Lori at lorin@floridamilk.com  

2016-17 Teacher Workshops/ Farm Tours 
   Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is planning three teacher workshops and farm tours this school year. The workshops feature demonstrations of K-12 school garden lessons in the morning, and related farm tours in the afternoon. For more information Click Here. Though subject to change, details are: 
       FAITC Fall Workshop/Farm Tour, Nov. 4  in St. John's County where tours will cover fall crops such as cabbage, potatoes and greens. 
      FAITC Winter Workshop/Farm Tour, February 2017  in Indian River County/Treasure Coast area where school garden lessons and a tour of a citrus grove will be included. 
     FAITC Spring Workshop/Farm Tour, May 2017 in Polk County where school garden lessons and a tour of a citrus production facility will be featured. 
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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