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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — California

State Contact

Ms Judy Culbertson
CA Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Sacramento, CA 95833-3293
P: 916.561.5625

Classroom Resources

  • Farm to You: Pork Production
  • What's Growin' On? - Cultural Contributions to California Cuisine
  • What's Growin' On? - Cultural Contributions to California Cuisine Extra! Extra! Classroom Extensions
  • Where Your Food Grows McDonalds Tray Liner
  • From Start to Finish: Producing, Preparing, and Preserving California Specialty Crops in the Classroom
    • Student Guide
    • Teacher Guide
  • Great Reads About Agriculture
  • Table Olives Fact Sheet

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

The 17th edition of What's Growin' On? - Cultural Contributions to California Cuisine student newspaper was distributed to more than 1.2 million readers. Our Cream of the Crop monthly e-newsletter is delivered to 21,134 subscribers and to a contact at each of California's 10,521 public schools and 3,292 private schools. The CFAITC website was viewed by 37,892 visitors in 2019. 750 California students learned about different aspects of the agricultural industry through the CFAITC Literacy for Life Grants. 24,000 California students learned about fruits and vegetables through the Taste and Teach Program. 750 students learned about organic practices in agriculture through Look at Agriculture... Organically! Grants. The CFAITC Facebook page currently has 4,509 followers. Through Facebook we share updates, program details, resources, photos, articles, information and upcoming events. The CFAITC Twitter account currently has 1,387 followers. 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.