Swyers Dairy Tour for AITC

Students touring Swyers Dairy in Dansville.

Senator Young posing with students during AITC lesson

We celebrate Ag Literacy annually in March!

Two youth playing with soil
Image by Bernadette Harwood

Learning about native seeds at York Valley Fest.

Educator speaking to children about turkeys prior to Thanksgiving.

Students learning about turkeys prior to Thanksgiving.

Ian Coyle reading to students during Ag Literacy Week

The Livingston County Administrator reading to students during Ag Literacy Week!

Ag in the Classroom

Our Ag in the Classroom educator works with Livingston County school districts (Grades Pre-K-12) to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how agriculture impacts our everyday lives. The goal is to help educate students, teachers, and our community about agriculture and food systems. This is done by developing innovative lessons that mirror what is going on in the community.

During the 2019-20 school year, our program reached over 15,000 student contacts. 

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 understand the scope of agricultural products.

Thank you to Senators Patrick Gallivan and Cathy Young and the Livingston County Board of Supervisors for supporting the Ag in the Classroom Program.

NY Ag Literacy Week

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, Ag Literacy Week will be celebrated on March 15-19. Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) by Viola Butler has been selected as the 2021 Ag Literacy Week featured book! 

**This year's celebration will be different due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for more information.**

To order this year's featured book, return a completed order form to the CCE-Livingston office.

Last year, Ag Literacy Week was celebrated on March 16-20. During the 2020 celebration, we shared the book Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen! 

If you are interested in learning more about Ag Literacy Week, please contact Jenn Schwab at jls669@cornell.edu.

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.


Bernadette Harwood
Ag in the Classroom Educator

Last updated February 17, 2021