Mission: To be a leading collaborator and trusted provider of PreK-12 educational resources and teacher professional development programs focusing on awareness and knowledge of agriculture and natural resources in Florida.
Vision: To ensure every student in PreK-12 education is aware of and appreciates agriculture and natural resources in Florida.
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is a non-profit organization that provides educational resources, grants and other programs to help Pre-K through 12th grade educators incorporate agricultural concepts into their core subject area classes. The goal of FAITC is to expand youth awareness and understanding of Florida agriculture and natural resources by integrating agricultural concepts into core educational disciplines and supporting programs.
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is funded by sales of the specialty agricultural license plate known as the Ag Tag. Your Ag Tag purchase allows Florida Agriculture in the Classroom to:
- Hold Florida’s Agriculture Literacy Day Program, in which thousands of industry volunteers read to tens of thousands of students every year.
- Award more than $750,000 in teacher and volunteer grant money since the program’s inception.
- Sponsor more than 15 workshops/webinars a year.
- Creates and distributes FREE agriculture themed educational resources.
- Send teachers to the National AITC Conference.
*Florida Agriculture in the Classroom does not pay more than 12% toward indirect costs.
Meet the Team
Becky Sponholtz joined Florida Agriculture in the Classroom as their Education Program Manager in June of 2013 and become the Executive Director in February of 2017. Before joining FAITC, she was an Agriscience Instructor and FFA Advisor for seven years at Keystone Heights High School and two years at Fort Pierce Westwood High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Master of Agriculture from Auburn University. She is married to Corbin Sponholtz and has a son, Landon and daughter, Chandlee.
Jennifer Morgenthal, Education Specialist, comes to us from Williston, FL. The land of watermelon, peanuts, cattle and timber! She was Valedictorian of her graduating class from Williston High School. Her love for the industry was built by her agriculture teachers, Marcia Smith, Chris Wilder and the late Robert Philpot. She attended the University of Florida and earned her Bachelors in Agricultural Education and Communications. She started her teaching career at Freedom High School and Steinbrenner High School in Hillsborough county. She then moved into online education as an instructor with Florida Virtual School. She is married to Ryan Morgenthal and has 2 sons, Royce and Reese and one daughter, Rose.
Tiffany Torres joined Florida Agriculture in the Classroom as the State School Garden Specialist in January of 2021. Tiffany is passionate about co-creating socially equitable and environmentally resilient communities in her home state and beyond. She brings over a decade of experience in food systems and farm to school practices, having formerly worked nationally with FoodCorps, regionally with UF/IFAS Extension, and most recently as Fellow with the National Farm to School Network where she helped support their Call to Action for racially just food systems. Tiffany has an academic background in agriculture and geography from Florida State University where she founded an educational urban farm while obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Human Geography. She is currently finishing a Masters of Professional Studies with the University of Vermont in Leadership for Sustainability, where she explores the intersection of systems change and equity. Tiffany currently resides in Tallahassee, where she is involved in local mutual aid systems and community organizing efforts for food justice. Tiffany enjoys hosting local music concerts, traveling, mushroom foraging, cycling, and gardening alongside her cat Athena.
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
Florida FFA Foundation
Joan B. Kyle
Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association
Wm. G. Roe and Sons, Inc.
Immediate Past Chair
Florida State Fair
Florida Peanut Producers
Florida Beef Council
Florida Strawberry Growers Association
Dr. Brian Myers
UF/IFAS Agricultural Education & Communication
UF/IFAS Florida 4-H Youth Development
Lee Ann Fisch
Florida Forestry Association
Farm Credit of Florida
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Marketing
Eric J. Cassiano
UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Commissioner Fried
Florida Dairy Farmers