Nevada County Ag in the Classroom


From the cotton in our jeans and the food on our tables, to our landscaped yards and playing fields, we all depend on agriculture.  The survival of this vital industry depends on educating and encouraging the next generation of decision-makers.”  –from California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Nevada County Ag in the Classroom (NCAITC) is a local partnership organization that provides quality agriculture-related educational resources and programs to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of agriculture in our lives, to affirm where our food comes from, and to encourage continued open space in our community.

We do this by engaging students and educators in meaningful ways: developing and sharing unique classroom curriculum, supporting school garden efforts, and spreading our message. Through various programs we hope to offer educators, students, and the public opportunities to learn about agriculture in context of local farms, ranches, vineyards, and forests. 

NCAITC partners include the Nevada County Resource Conservation District, the Nevada County Farm Bureau, the Placer Nevada Cattlewomen, the Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner, the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, the Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center, and Sierra Harvest.


Click here for photos from Farm Day!

On September 22, 2016, Nevada County Ag in the Classroom hosted their 2nd Annual Farm Day at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  With the support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO & staff, Nevada County Farm Bureau, and Bear River & Nevada Union FFA students, this event hosted over 550 local elementary-grade students, their teachers, and chaperones from 11 different schools for a day of fun hands-on experiences, where lessons of agriculture are taught in the context of local farms and ranches.

Nevada County Ag in the Classroom is a local, grassroots collaboration of ranchers, farmers, agriculture teachers and students, businesses, food networks, and community volunteers who provide quality agriculture-related educational resources, programs, and training opportunities.  The 25 stations that the students visited are hosted by Nevada County businesses, professional organizations, volunteers, and FFA students!  

This event is made possible by the Nevada County Fairgrounds and generous donations from the following businesses:  APi-marketing, Builders & Consumers TrueValue Hardware, Nevada County Farm Bureau, and Peaceful Valley Farm Supply!

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In addition to the more than 50 Bear River and Nevada Union FFA volunteers, we would like to sincerely thank Nevada County 4-HBierwagen Farm, NorCal Bats, Nevada County Beekeepers Association, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Jim & Jeannie Donavan, Norman & Allyn Carman, Foothill Fibers Guild, Steven Steele, Fowler Family Farm, Foresthill Lumber & Wood Products, Co., Maddison Easley, Phil Easley, Nevada County Department of Agriculture, UCCE Small Farm Advisor Roger Ingram, Nevada Irrigation District, Placer Nevada Cattle Women, Kathy Engals, Miller Ranch, Sierra Foothill Audubon Society, Sierra Harvest, Sierra Foothills Research and Extention Center, Jim Drew, the U.S. Forest Service with Liz Kurpies, Danielle Berry, Smokey Bear, and Woodsy Owl, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service with Pamela Hertzler and Sammy Soil!

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