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CANCELLED: Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 16 - 20, 2020


CANCELLED: Agricultural Literacy Week 2020

  • Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM - Friday, March 20@ 11:45 PM


In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The book will be donated to the school or classroom library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Agricultural Literacy Week. 

New York State has one of the longest running and largest Agricultural Literacy Week programs in the country.  Last year, a record number of 65,000 students across 61 counties participated in Agricultural Literacy Week.  

2020 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 16th and runs through Friday, March 20th.

Start to Finish the program takes about 30 minutes per classroom.

  1. Literacy Volunteers work with their county coordinators to set up visits to their local schools.
  2. Volunteers read to students in first through third-grade classrooms.
  3. Following the reading, volunteers conduct an activity with students and share their experiences in agriculture.

All activity materials are prepared by NYAITC and schools get to keep a copy of the book for their school or classroom library.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors who help make the Ag Literacy Week a success!

About this year's book

Right This Very Minute                  

by Lisl H. Detlefsen is the feature "table to farm book" this year.  What's that you say?  You're hungry? Right this very minute? Then you need a farmer.  You have the stories of so many right here on your table!

Educator Resources

To be announced soon!

Agricultural Literacy Week Archive

Now in its 15th Year, Agricultural Literacy Week has helped to bring agriculturally themed books and resources into thousands of classrooms and libraries throughout New York State.

Click here to explore past years books and resources.

Last updated March 16, 2020