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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2021 — California

State Contact

Ms. Judy Culbertson
CA Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
2600 River Plaza Drive, #220
Sacramento, CA 95833-3293
P: 916.561.5625

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

  1. Source Sleuth
  2. Beef Boasts
  3. Farm to You Table Grapes
  4. Ag History Website
  5. Strawberry Ag-Bite
  6. 19th edition of What's Growin' On? – Benefits of By-products
  7. Behind the Beef Bookmark
  8. Fresno Farms to You

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Twenty-two teachers responded to our outcome survey after participating in our Virtual Conference. Of those, 70% indicated they are more likely to incorporate agriculture into their classroom and 76% indicated an increased appreciation for the role agriculture in their lives as a result of participating in the conference.

Eighty-eight teachers responded to our outcome survey after participating in our Taste and Teach program. Of those, 60% indicated the program increased their students' likeliness to consume more of the food they tasted. 68% indicated their students gained knowledge about the food they tasted and 69% indicated the program increased students' appreciation for agriculture. 100% indicated they intend to continue incorporating the theme of agriculture into their classrooms as a result of the program.

Program Leader Biosketch

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 belief that Judy possesses in the value of agriculture and education does not stop with her role with the Foundation. For the last 35 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.