Grants of up to $500 and one award to California K-12 teachers to include agricultural education in their curriculum. Funding is intended to create new projects or to expand existing projects in the areas of science, outreach, nutrition, and educational field trips that promote agricultural literacy. The applications are also used to select the Outstanding Educator of the Year.
Project Ideas for Inspiration:
Host a farm day
Host an agriculture-based assembly
Host a farm day for a local elementary school
Host an agricultural careers day at your school
Celebrate National Agriculture Day with a field trip or class speaker about agriculture's impact in California
Set up a pen pal program with another county or state. Have students write letters to their pals to learn about agriculture in different geographical locations
Host an agriculture-based assembly for the entire school
Host a virtual field trip or farm tour
Visit a production farming operation, greenhouse or nursery
Tour your local farmers market while learning about the commodities that are grown in your area
Visit an agriculture trade show such as the World Ag Expo or a county fair
Grow a pizza garden! Have students plant and harvest vegetables to make a pizza.
Choose a fruit or vegetable that can be picked in season and preserved for later enjoyment. Research the preservation process and have students create a poster to illustrate it.
Purchase materials to implement a CFAITC lesson plan
Purchase agriculture-related literature from CFAITC Teacher Resource Guide for the school library
Build a chicken coop and study the process of egg formation
Perform taste tests in your classroom to educate students about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables
Compare the look, taste, and smell of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Have students research both farming practices and record their observations in a chart or diagram
Have students select a commodity, state the nutritional benefits and then research the by-products that are made from that commodity. Bring the commodities in for a classroom presentation
Literacy for Life grants are available to certified K-12 teachers throughout California.
- Grant applications must be submitted online by October 2, 2023.
- Grant recipients will be announced online on November 1, 2023.
- Selected educators will receive funding in December 2023.
Estimated Size of Grant
Grants of up to $500
Term of Contract
Project must be completed within the 2023-2024 school year.