State Reports

State Summary 2016 — 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? Agriculture and the Environment
  2. Drive Through Nutrition
  3. Track Your Nutrition
  4. Bee Fact Sheet
  5. Pickling Cucumber Fact Sheet
  6. Pork Fact Sheet
  7. Poultry Fact Sheet
  8. Lettuce Fact Sheet
  9. Farm to You - Beef
  10. California Almonds: An Almond Story
  11. Alien Invader Detectives
  12. Taste and Teach

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

This past year, CFAITC developed new lessons including: What’s Growin’ On? Agriculture and the Environment; Drive Through Nutrition Ag-bite; Track Your Nutrition Ag-Bite, Fact Sheets on Bees, Cucumbers, Pork Poultry and Lettuce; Farm to You – Beef lesson sheet, California Almonds unit; and Alien Invader Detective lessons about invasive species. CFAITC developed several new programs including: Taste and Teach where we partnered with Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. Through the program, more than 500 teachers applied for the program. Although we were not able to select all, 100 participants received a printed copy of the following materials, along with a Raley's gift card and program instructions. The resources developed for the program are available for all teachers online. 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 students. CFAITC partnered with California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation to offer 36 grants of $1,000 each to educators across the nation to teach students about organic practices in agriculture. The 201l California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference was held in Sacramento County. More than 180 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. 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. CFAITC hosted the Seed Survivor Mobile trailer on a California tour, reaching 18,336 students and more than 3,800 community members in 2016.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

The 14th edition of What’s Growin On? Celebrating California’s Top Ten Commodities student newspaper was distributed to more than 1 million readers. Currently, Cream of the Crop, the electronic newsletter, is sent to 17,627 teachers and friends of CFAITC. The CFAITC website received 58,871 visits in 2016. The CFAITC University Student Teacher Program reached 150 student teachers, introducing them to the teaching materials and programs available. 648 California students learned about different aspects of the agricultural industry through the CFAITC Literacy for Life Grants. 2,400 California students learned about fruits and vegetables through the Taste and Teach Program. 864 students learned about organic practices in agriculture through Look at Agriculture... Organically! Grants. The CFAITC Facebook page currently has xxx likes. Through Facebook we share updates, program details, resources, photos, articles, information and upcoming events. The CFAITC Twitter account currently has xx 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.