Region 8: Central Coast

Serving Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

Welcome to CREEC Region 8!

Look to this page for local Region 8 news updates, opportunities, funding, and upcoming events.

A directory of local resources is available here: CREEC Community Resources list Region 8 2017

Check out the Events for a calendar of upcoming workshops, training, and more here:  CREEC News 

Funding Opportunities

Growing Future Organic Producers and Professionals
Grants for K-12 Teachers, High School and College students from the CA Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). The United States is facing an epidemic shortage of farmers. Among the challenges to meet the rising demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet is the need for new organic farmers and entrepreneurs. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund supports the next generation of organic producers through small grants that support organic education from kindergarten through the end of college.

California Sea Grant
The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects to begin on/after February 1, 2018. Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. California Sea Grant continues to focus on the following integrated themes (or Strategic Focus Areas):

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest Winners Announced
We’re excited to announce the results of the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students!

Upcoming Events

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Teresa Lees
Region Coordinator

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Region 8 Highlights

Growing Edible Education Symposium October 6 & 7, 2017

Region 8 Growing Edible Education Symposium

San Luis Obispo – The Third Annual Growing Edible Education, (GEE), Symposium is now open for Early Registration thru the end of August at: This important event brings together schools and organizations that support the farm to school, and school garden efforts in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. The GEE Symposium unites diverse stakeholders such as schools, outside agencies, and farm businesses to promote and support Farm to School activities.

You can also register in September at a slightly higher fee. Love to have as many educators involved with school gardens and nutrition education and school cafeterias there as possible throughout Region 8.


20th Anniversary for the CREEC Network held this summer

The twentieth anniversary conference in San Luis Obispo was filled with passionate, dedicated, and talented people who put themselves completely into the work of expanding environmental literacy for all students in California. 

We are at a special time in our state’s history. We have the opportunity and political will to model the types of systems that can make meaningful impact and progress towards meeting the goals outlined in the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. We are a part of a complex, interconnected system that we have the opportunity to influence for the good of all in our state. Let’s get ready for the work ahead! Read more it at the link above.

Ag Careers Curriculum for Middle School

Thanks for your interest in sharing exciting, diverse agricultural careers with your students! There is a growing demand for recent college graduates entering the workforce in the agricultural sector. There are an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable resources and environmental fields in the United States.

This kit has been designed so you can easily incorporate this information into your curriculum in an interdisciplinary manner. The lessons and activities included in this kit have been crafted with your middle school students in mind. We hope they find these experiential lessons to be both engaging and meaningful!

Download it here: When I Grow Up – Discover Ag Careers

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