Our Ag in the Classroom educator works with Livingston County school districts (Grades PreK-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 2020-21 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.
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 was celebrated on March 20-24, 2023. Last year, volunteers read the book "From Milk to Cheese" by Bridget Heos to students in Grades K-4. Altogether, 23 volunteers read to more than 1300 students across all 11 school districts.
If you are interested in learning more about Ag Literacy Week, 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 February 7, 2023