State Reports

State Summary 2015 — California

State Contact

Ms. Judy Culbertson
CA Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
2300 River Plaza Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833-3293
P: 916.561.5625

Classroom Resources

1. What’s Growin' On? Let’s Look at Water student newspaper and Extra! Extra! Classroom Extensions

2. STEM Connections, Energy and Agriculture: Careers in Sustainable Energy

3. Bon a la Beef Lessons (updated to California standards)

4. California Walnuts: A Walnut Orchard through the Seasons

5. California Walnuts: The Importance of Grafting

6. California Walnuts: Naturally Nutritious

7. Stop the Invasion! Invasive Species Fact Sheet Set

8. Learn About Ag… Beef page (webpage of beef educational resources)

9. Learn About Ag… California Specialty Crops page (webpage of specialty crop educational resources)

10. California Educator’s Guide to Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team

11. What do Plants Need to Grow?

12. Too Much, Too Little

13. Chemistry, Fertilizer, and the Environment

14. Ag-Bite Cowboy Brands

15. STEM Connections Flashdrive (No webpage to link to)

16. Imagine this...Stories Inspired by Agriculture 2014 (Book of winning student written entries for our writing contest, published in March 2015)

17. Agricultural Fact and Activity Sheets 18. Cream of the Crop E-newsletter

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

This past year, CFAITC developed new lessons including a California Walnuts unit and the STEM Connections, Energy and Agriculture: Careers in Sustainable Energy unit. CFAITC also created a set of Invasive Species fact sheets. All are aligned to current Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. 25 teachers received $500 through our Literacy for Life grant program to enhance a current ag literacy project or create a new opportunity for their more than 600 students. CFAITC partnered with California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation to offer 23 grants of $1,000 each to educators to teach students about organic practices in agriculture, nationwide. Nine of the recipients were California teachers. More than 576 students benefited from this program. Taste Test grants of $300 were given to 237 California teachers to support the tasting of California Specialty Crops in their classrooms. Teachers were creative in their approaches to teaching students about specialty crops. 5,088 students from throughout California tasted a wide variety of specialty crops. The 2015 California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference was held in Los Angeles County. More than 160 conference participants heard from agriculture leaders via field trips, guest speakers, workshops and networking opportunities that inspired them to take agriculture back to their classrooms. About 50% of attendees were first-time participants. CFAITC partnered with the California Dept of Food and Agriculture and Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring agriculture to downtown Sacramento and urban dwellers who do not know much about food production at the Farm to Fork Festival which drew more than 30,000 visitors. California Ag in the Classroom continues to update its resources and correlate them to state education standards to maintain its high credibility for accurate and relevant ag literacy materials.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

The 13th edition of What’s Growin On? Let’s Look at Water student newspaper was distributed to more than 1 million readers.

Currently, Cream of the Crop, the electronic newsletter, is sent to 16,178 teachers and friends of CFAITC. That is a 4.56% increase from 2014.

The CFAITC website received 47,141 visitors in 2015.

The CFAITC University Student Teacher Program reached 390 student teachers, introducing them to the teaching materials and programs available.

600 California students learned about different aspects of the agricultural industry through the CFAITC Literacy for Life Grants.

5,088 students and 237 teachers learned about California Specialty Crops through Taste Test Grants.

576 students learned about organic practices in agriculture through Look at Agriculture... Organically! Grants.

CFAITC participated in Sacramento Regional Farm to Fork Activities. 30,000 people attended the Farm to Fork Festival.

CFAITC hosted the Seed Survivor Mobile trailer on a California tour, reaching 5,129 students and more than 640 community members in 2015. The tour continued into 2016.

The CFAITC Facebook page currently has 2,708 likes, which is a 16.8 percent increase from the previous year. Through Facebook we share updates, program details, resources, photos, articles, information and upcoming events.

The CFAITC Twitter account currently has 801 followers, which is a 35.3 percent increase from the previous year. Through Twitter we participate in discussions, share information, and network with other professionals, parents, and teachers interested in agricultural education.


Judy Culbertson, a 5th generation pear grower, grew up in Courtland, a small town just outside of Sacramento, California. Following high school, Judy graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business Management.

In 1980, Judy joined the Agriculture in the Classroom program. Today she serves as the executive director for the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Judy hopes that through the Foundation, every student can gain an appreciation and curiosity for learning about where their food and fiber come from.

The dedication and belief Judy possesses in the value of agriculture and education does not stop with her role with the Foundation. For the last 34 years, Judy has represented the Foundation on a variety of local, statewide and national boards and committees along with dedicated involvement within her own community. Judy is the past chair of the California State Fair Ag Advisory Council and CFAITC is the co-chair of California Agriculture Day, located at the state capitol. She is also a member of the local Delta High School Ag Council and past president of the Sacramento River Delta Historical Society.