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Food For Thought Newsletter

A quarterly e-newsletter to promote agricultural, environmental, and garden-based learning enrichment for youth and families in El Dorado County.

Issue Articles Type Date Added
March 2012 #2 - Teacher's Ag Summer Institute

El Dorado County
based in Coloma with daily field trips!
June 19, 20, and 21, 2012

The Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute (TASI) brings together teachers with farmers, ranchers and other agricultural and natural resource specialists to gain a deeper understanding of the food and agricultural systems that sustain the health of people, society, and the natural environment.

Who Should Attend: Teachers currently instructing Kindergarten through High School students within El Dorado and Amador counties.  Teachers need little or no background in agriculture to attend. Continuing Education credits will be available.

For more information and to register go the the newsletter link or:

What the teachers from TASI “Class of 2011” said…

“I applaud these people, the TASI facilitators and helpers, and those agencies which funded the program.  I feel like I received a teacher's booster shot and have recommitted to include more ag lessons in my classroom.”

“Thank you...very informative, interesting, useful and fun!  Very well organized and run.”

“I loved the variety of “field trips” and activities that we did! I hope we can do this again and again!! Thank you for all of the amazing planning that went into all of this week!”

“Great all the way around! Exceptional learning and networking opportunity! Thank you all very much!”

“Thanks for a great week.  I had a wonderful time and made some great con

PDF 3/27/12
March 2012 - Teacher's Ag Summer Institute Registration

Teacher's Ag Summer Institute - June 2012, Register Today!

DOC 3/16/12
Food for Thought Newsletter - October 2011

In this issue:
Farm Day May 3, 2012 --- Mark your calendar!
Cooking with California Food in K-12 Schools
Worm Bin Bingo
Funding Opportunities

PDF 9/29/11
August 2011

In this issue of the Food for Thought Newsletter:

  1. Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute 2011
  2. Ag in the Classroom – Northern California Conference October 19, 2011
  3. Wild Ones – Seeds for Education Grants
  4. Farm and Garden Educational Songs
  5. School Gardens: Important in the Past…and the Future


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May 2011

In this issue:
1. Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools!
2. Spanish/English Dictionary of Garden Terms Available
3. News and Resources - I Always Knew Dirt Was Good for You....
4. School Garden Seed Fund and Starter Garden Grants

PDF 7/8/11
March 2011

Please complete the survey to help us understand how to better support garden-based learning and school gardens in El Dorado County and California!

PDF 7/8/11
February 2011

In this issue:
1. Farm Day, May 5, 2011 - Register Now
2. Teacher Ag Summer Institute
3. Funding for School Herb Gardens
4. California School Garden Survey
5. Environmental Ed Funds Available
6. Native Plant Project Funding
7. Spring Educator Workshops
8. Free Workshops for School Personnel

PDF 7/8/11
January 2011

Teacher's Ag Summer Institute -
Application period extended to Feb. 15th!

PDF 7/8/11
December 2010

Teacher's Ag Summer Institute June 20-23, 2011 --- Application Available!

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September 2010 PDF 7/8/11
February 2010

In This Issue: 1) Farm Day 2010 Set for May 6th - Register Now! 2) Funding Received to Support Ag Educational Programs, 3) Workshops and Trainings, and 4) Funding Opportunities

PDF 7/8/11
September 2008

In this special bulletin: 1) Free Event! Art in the Orchard, Saturday, September 20th, 2) "Funding Your School Garden Program" Workshop, Tuesday, October 28th

PDF 7/8/11
August 2008

In this issue: 1) Art in the Orchard Event, 2) School Garden Professional Development and Workshops, 3) Master Gardeners Available, 4) "Fruitful" Classroom Exchanges, 5) Funding Opportunities, 6) Ag, Environmental and School Garden Curriculum Resources, 7) Farm to School News

PDF 7/8/11
January 2008

Planning Your School Garden Program a FREE School Garden Workshop and a Worm Hotel! January 30, 2008 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Placerville

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December 2007

In this issue: 1) California Instructional School Garden Program Grants, 2) School Garden Workshop - 1/30/08, 3) El Dorado High School - Natural Resource and Land Management Program, 4) Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) Sacramento, 5) Farm Day 5-8-08, 6) Grant & Fundraising Ideas for School Garden Programs, 7) Resources, 8) Science Poem of the Season

PDF 7/8/11
August 2007

Fall Workshop Series Announced!
"Creating and Sustaining School Gardens"

PDF 7/8/11
March 2007

In this issue: Grants available for school garden programs, locally produced school garden curriculum available, UC Master Gardeners offer consulting for garden-based learning programs, school garden survey, butterflies and ladybugs kits, El Dorado County fair art and writing contests and Farm Day - May 10, 2007

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