Swyers Dairy Tour for AITC

Students touring Swyers Dairy in Dansville.

Two youth playing with soil
Image by Bernadette Harwood

Learning about native seeds at York Valley Fest.

Ian Coyle reading to students during Ag Literacy Week

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

Senator Young posing with students during AITC lesson

We celebrate Ag Literacy annually in March!

AITC Bird Lesson

Learning about the Great Backyard Bird Count.

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 2018-19 school year, our program reached over 20,000 student contacts - teaching over 1,000 lessons in more than 275 classrooms. 

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 16-20. Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen has been selected as the 2020 Ag Literacy Week featured book! 

***Our 2020 Ag Literacy volunteers can view a copy of this year's featured book prior to visiting their assigned school!***

Last year, Ag Literacy Week was celebrated on March 18-22. During the 2019 celebration, we shared the book On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas with almost 2,100 students (128 classrooms) across Livingston, Steuben, and Monroe counties. Twenty-nine volunteers read the book to students in Pre-K through 4th grade! 

If you are interested in learning more about Ag Literacy Week and/or serving as a volunteer reader, 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 October 27, 2020