Established in 1985, New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is a partnership of Cornell University, the NYS Department of Ag & Markets, the NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Farm Bureau. Its mission is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how we produce food and fiber, what we eat, and how we live, by helping educators, students, and their communities learn about and engage with agriculture and food systems.
Thousands of farm products are in the world around us - on our plates, in the clothes we wear, in the medicine that makes us well, and in Earth-friendly fuels and plastics. With less than 2% of our population involved in production agriculture, many don't know the source of their food and fiber.
Thank you to Senators Patrick Gallivan and Cathy Young for supporting the Ag in the Classroom Program.
In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state read a book with an agricultural theme to first and second graders. Students and teachers also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The book is then donated to the school or classroom library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Agricultural Literacy Week.
All lessons and activities align with NYS and Common Core Learning Standards.
This year's featured book for Ag Literacy Week is Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson! The story focuses on all aspects of NY agriculture. Readers will learn what must happen before food can get to our table!
During last year's Ag Literacy Week celebration, we shared "The Grapes Grow Sweet" with 1,867 students (118 classrooms) across Livingston and Monroe counties. Twenty-two volunteers read the book to first and second grade students!
We are seeking volunteers to help us again in 2018! If you are interested in participating, please contact Jenn Schwab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the New York State Ag in the Classroom website to learn more about statewide activities and agriculture-themed books that have been featured in previous years.
Last updated January 8, 2018