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.
New York Ag-in-the-Classroom and the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H program invite you to be a reader for the thirteenth annual Agriculture Literacy Week to be held March 18 to 22, 2019. Last year 2000 books and thousands of second graders participated in fun and educational activities.
The selected book for 2019 is Before We Eat: from farm to table written by Pat Brisson and Illustrated by Mary Azarian. This book displays the vast opportunities and diversity that New York encompasses this year. Students will learn different aspects of agriculture and the many opportunities for careers that are involved.
Volunteers will visit local elementary schools during Ag Literacy Week to read and talk to children about New York's agriculture industry. At the conclusion of the day's activities, the book will be donated to the school library for students and teachers to use throughout the school year. 2nd grade teachers and volunteers who are interested in participating in NY Ag Literacy Week should call or email the contact for this page. Visit the New York State Ag in the Classroom website to learn more about statewide activities and to learn about agriculture-themed books that have been featured in other years.
Last updated August 14, 2020