To be the premiere institution supporting agricultural literacy
in the Los Angeles Basin.
To increase the understanding, appreciation and participation of urban teachers and students in agriculture and nutrition through cooperative involvements of the California agricultural industry, educational institutions and community partners.
The 48th District Agricultural Association is a state entity, one
of the 78 fair districts in the state. Our mandate is to put on
a fair, which became increasingly difficult as we lost our fairgrounds
and the area became more urbanized.
We have assembled teaching materials from diverse sources, and
purchase or receive donations of books, hydroponics materials, bread
kits, incubators and aquariums and chillers. Our resource center
provides a one-stop shopping center for teachers - materials for
about 60 projects in one place- so they can select a project that
coordinates with what they are required to teach in their grades.
We provide workshops on nutrition, hatching chicks, silkworms or
trout- on composting or planning and planting a garden. Most projects
are adaptable to a variety of grade levels.
Programs and materials are free of charge to teachers, in exchange for an exhibit to be displayed
at our annual fair.
This program is important to continue the agricultural heritage
of our area and our state and to promote healthy eating. It teaches
students that food doesn't come from a grocery store, but from a
farm or a garden, a plant or an animal-that the cotton in their
T-shirts grew on a plant and the wool in their blanket began with
Our dream is to give every student in our district the knowledge
of the importance of agriculture and nutrition in all of our lives.