Community
Outreach

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Since the commission was created in 1967, California grape growers have shown support to the communities where they live and work through community outreach.

Education Grants

The community outreach program provides Innovation in Teaching Education Grants to support innovation and learning in classrooms across California’s grape growing regions. Grants are awarded to elementary, junior high and high school educators for innovative classroom projects in the areas of agriculture, art, California history, health, math, and science.

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Scholarships

California’s table grape growers have long recognized the importance of supporting the communities where they live and work. Table grape growers throughout the state volunteer their time and service for associations, boards, and charitable organizations. In addition, for 35 years, California’s table grape growers have supported their workers and their communities with the first worker-focused scholarship program in the nation. Since 1985, high school graduates in the table grape growing regions have received funding to help defray college education costs.

The community outreach program offers several four-year scholarships.

Agricultural scholarships are available to students from the Coachella and San Joaquin valleys who are pursuing four-year degrees tied to a future in agriculture at a California college or university.

Field Worker scholarships are available to students from the Coachella and San Joaquin valleys whose parents are employees of grape growers or shippers. Four-year scholarships are available for students to attend California colleges or universities.

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CLASSROOM SUPPORT

California’s table grape growers support teachers and students in the classroom by providing lesson plans for teachers, activities for students, grape history, coloring sheets and printed materials such as stickers, posters and recipe cards.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY outreach

Recipe cards, bookmarks and fact sheets are some of the many materials that have been donated to community groups and organizations. Other outreach activities have included science fairs, after-school programs, 4-H and health and nutrition projects in schools and senior centers. The community outreach program is one of many ways that California table grape growers like to give back to their communities.

For questions or requests for more information, email the commission at info@grapesfromcalifornia.com or call 559.447.8350.

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ABOUT California TABLE GRAPES

Californians have been cultivating grapes for more than two centuries. Today, 99 percent of U.S. table grapes are produced in California's warm, dry climate that is ideal for grape growing. With more than 90 grape varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors—green, red, and black—and are in season from May through January.


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