California Foundation for Agriculture is the Classroom is providing 250 third through eighth grade educators with grants of $300 each to purchase California specialty crop fruits and vegetables for monthly classroom taste tests!

Taste testing in the classroom will help third through eighth grade students throughout California gain exposure and new-found knowledge about specialty crops that will help them make improved decisions about what they eat. Over a six-month period, educators will introduce their class to new fruits and vegetables that will give students the opportunity to discover the different varieties and nutritional benefits of California specialty crops. The taste test grant projects must be completed within the 2013-2014 school year.

Ag in the Classroom will provide selected educators with a Specialty Crop Resource Packet that will include lessons, activities, and recipes that will assist in teaching about California specialty crops.

These grants will provide an opportunity for California students to:

  • Taste fruits and vegetables
  • Learn about California specialty crops through engaging lessons
  • Take home easy-to-prepare recipes featuring California specialty crops
  • Learn about healthy choices and nutrition

Specialty crops can be an important tool for introducing today's students to healthier food options and taste tests will encourage healthier eating while promoting increased consumption of specialty crops. The students will learn to enjoy these commodities not just because of the taste, but also because of their health benefits.

Grant applications are due April 30, 2013. Applications can be completed online and are available at www.LearnAboutAg.org/tastetest.

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