2013 Spring news top


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Board of Directors

Ken Barton, Chair
Florida Peanut Producers Association

Tamara Wood,

Vice Chair
Florida Citrus Mutual

Joan Kyle, Treasurer 
Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association

Carol Roe, Secretary

 W.G. Roe & Sons, Inc.

Gary Albarell
Florida Industrial & Phosphate Research

Vina Jean Banks
Florida Beef Council

David Boozer
Florida Aquaculture Association

Lyn Cacella-DuBois
Farm Credit Association of Florida

Erica Der

Cheryl Fulford Flood
Kissimmee Island Cattle Co.

Sue Harrell
Florida Strawberry Growers Association 


Jamie Marshall

Dairy Council of Florida


Carole McKenzie

Polk County Farm Bureau   


 Dr. Bob McMillan

Kerry's Nursery


Jennifer Nelis
Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association


Dr. Edward Osborne

UF/IFAS Extension

Michael Rogalsky
Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Abbey Stewart
FDACS Division of Food, Nutrition & Wellness


Tracy Tesdall



Barbara Wunder
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Lisa Gaskalla

 Executive Director



 'Get into the Core with FAITC Workshops' Set for June in a Location Near You


   Attention teachers and agriculture industry educators! Florida Agriculture in the Teachers in 5th-12th grade use sun and photovoltaic cells to power small musical device at South Florida workshop in Homestead. Classroom will hold six regional one-day workshops around the state in June. These workshops called "Get into the Core with FAITC Workshops' will feature FAITC curriculum, Keeping Florida Green, Gardening for Grades and "Project Food, Land & People.
   For $10, participants will receive curriculum, gardening activities, lunch and meet contacts that can help them with their school gardens. Teachers who attend are eligible for eight professional development points. Lessons are geared to kindergarten through 12th grade.The dates and locations are as follows, and each workshop is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 
   1. Tampa Bay Area/Hillsborough County: Tuesday 6/11/13

Hillsborough Community College - Trinkle Center

   2. South Florida/Broward County: Thursday 6/13/13

Fort Lauderdale UF/IFAS Research & Education Center

   3. Northeast Florida/Duval County: Friday 6/14/13

Duval County Extension Office

   4. Central Florida/Orange County: Wednesday 6/19/13

Orange County Extension Office

   5. Northwest Florida/Escambia County: Thursday 6/20/13

Escambia County Extension Office

   6. Southwest Florida/Lee County: Friday 6/21/13

Lee County Extension Office

   To register, please Click Here! Make $10 checks payable to Florida Agriculture in the Classroom and mail them FAITC, P.O. Box 110015, Gainesville, FL  32611-0015.

2013 Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is April 30
2013 Ag Lit Day Book Cover
   Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is set for Tuesday April 30. Ths year's Agriculture Literacy Day book called
Florida's Farm History commemorates the 500th year anniversary of Ponce de Leon's discovery of Florida and the role agriculture has played in the state's history. The book is geared to kindergarten through fifth grade, but it should be of particular interest to fourth grade teachers who are teaching American and Florida history.
   Teachers who would like an agriculture industry person to read to his or her class should Click Here to Request a Reader. Teachers whose classes participate in the reading will receive a copy of the book for free and a Teacher's Guide on disc with kindergarten-2nd grade activities and 3rd-5th grade activities related to the book. The book and activities are correlated to Common Core standards.
   Agriculture industry representatives who would like to volunteer to read are asked to schedule their classroom visits first and then Click Here to register with FAITC for materials. Please allow two weeks for delivery of materials.
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom's
2012 Annual Report Available 


  Florida Agriculture in the Classroom worked diligently in 2012 to educate students about Florida agriculture with school garden curricula, grant money, teacher workshops and programs like Florida Agriculture Literacy Day.To learn more about its programs, check out its interactive 2012 Annual Report 


Dirty Hands
Click Here to view FAITC's interactive 2012 Annual Report!


Accepting Applications for 2013 Volunteer Grants

   Are you a member of a non-profit organization who has a project that will educate students about where their food, fiber and fuel comes from, but don't know how you're going to get the money to fund it? Florida Agriculture in the Classroom wants to help! We are accepting applications for our 2013 Volunteer Grants. We are looking to fund innovative projects that introduce Florida students to agriculture with hands-on activities and programs. Want to apply? Click Here! The deadline is March 15, 2013. To learn about 2012 Volunteer Grant projects that received funding, please Click Here!

 Mosaic Company Foundation School Garden
Mini Grants Still Available
   Teachers in DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties are eligible to apply for $500 in school garden mini grant funding from the Mosaic Company Foundation if they haven't done so already. Funds can be used to buy materials and tools to plant a new school garden or refurbish an existing school garden. To apply, please Click Here!  
Three Florida Teachers receive FAITC's Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award
William Underly
Overall Florida winner William Underly
    A Central Florida teacher who uses schoolyard vegetable gardens and a hallway embryology project to educate students about agriculture has won Florida Agriculture in the Classroom's Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for 2013.
   William Underly, a 23-year teaching veteran at St. Cloud Elementary in Osceola County, won FAITC's elementary level and overall Florida level award. He is joined by science teacher Shawn Walker of Gulf Coast Academy of Science & Technology in Spring Hill in Hernando County who won the middle school level and botany and environmental science teacher Pamela Krauss of South Plantation High School in Broward County who won for the high school level.
   To learn more about FAITC's teacher winners and what they will receive for their efforts please Click Here!

 'Spring into Agriculture' with Florida Farm to School Produce of the Week Activity Sheets 


   Florida Agriculture in the Classroom and the Florida Department of

Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Food, Nutrition & Wellness have developed 'Produce of the Week' Activity Sheets for elementary students.

   Spring activity sheets teach students about the nutritional benefits of eating Florida corn, tomatoes, oranges and strawberries. Teacher guides are included.

   To download copies of these activity sheets and related teacher guides, Click Here!

   Fall activity sheets featuring Florida tangerines, peppers, snap beans and squash are also available. Encourage healthy eating habits with students by downloading these fun activities and games.

 Gardening for Grades School Garden Curriculum Still Available for Free to Florida Teachers
   School garden curriculum Gardening for Grades is still available as a     digital download or as a hard copy for free to Florida teachers. Interested teachers should Click Here! to order either one.
   Gardening for Grades includes information for teachers on how to plan, fund and teach language arts, math, science, social studies and other subject areas using a school garden. The book includes lessons that cover soil science, photosynthesis, the parts of a plant, children's garden literature and other concepts.
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