New York Agriculture in the Classroom | February 2020
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Important Dates:

Feb. 13 - NYAITC Educator Position Applications Due 

Feb. 14- Schoolyard Sugaring Registration Deadline 

Feb. 14 - National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarship Due

Feb. 21Agricultural Literacy Grant Round 1 Applications Due

March 1- CHS Foundation Scholarship Applications Due

March 6Agricultural Literacy Grant Round 2 Applications Due

March 20Agricultural Literacy Grant Round 3 pplications Due

April 3- Agricultural Literacy Grant Round 4 Applications Due

May 7Beef Farm Virtual Field Trip

June 23-26- National AITC Conference 
We're Hiring! Agriculture in the Classroom Educator Position Announcement
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is hiring an educator who can inspire and motivate Pre-K through 12th grade teachers to use food and agriculture in their classroom. This candidate should be able to plan and execute interactive professional development across New York State, assist in event and conference planning, and help develop engaging educational tools and materials.

Follow the link below to learn more about the position and employment with Cornell University. Do not hesitate to reach out to  Katie Carpenter with any questions you may have.

Applications close on February 13, 2020. Learn more about the position on our website
Fund your Creative Projects-
Apply for an Agricultural Literacy Grant!
The Agricultural Literacy Grant was created
to help fund your most creative
ideas to teach through a lens of agriculture. Submit your great idea to enhance your classroom learning and let New York Agriculture in the Classroom support your endeavor to include agriculture as a context for learning.

A n Agricultural Literacy Grant proposal can be anywhere between $10 to a maximum of $1,200. Proposals for the Agricultural Literacy Grant can include, but are not limited to: funding for farm field trips, purchasing agriculturally accurate books, materials for classroom projects, s tarting a courtyard chicken coop, and expanding your school garden project, and more. 

Grant proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis starting February 21, 20202 until  Friday, April 3 and submissions will be reviewed every two weeks. Find more information and the application  here
Outstanding in their Field Podcast
New York Agriculture in the Classroom has launched a new podcast! Check out Outstanding in their Field, a podcast that celebrates the people who grow food and those who teach about it wherever you listen to your podcasts. 
The most recently released episodes feature pig and sustainability in Iowa, maple syrup in New York, and corn in Iowa and New York. Check it out!
Earn a Scholarship to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom  Conference in Utah!
New York Agriculture in the Classroom wants to support you to attend the premier professional development conference for teaching through a lens of food and agriculture. Teachers from across the state will be selected and supported by the state program for an expense-paid scholarship to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Teachers from across the nation will gather to learn from skilled presenter, engaging keynote addresses, and most importantly, from each other. 
Included with the scholarship is conference registration and meals, round-trip flight, a double occupancy hotel room, and 20 hours of CTLE Professional Development. Scholarship applications are due Friday, February 14, 2020.  For more information about the scholarship and the application, visit our website  .  
Schoolyard Sugaring Registration Deadline  Approaching! 
From tree to bottle help your students experience the scientific phenomena of making maple syrup. 

There is no cost to register for the contest, and all registered teachers will receive a book, lessons, and an empty pint jug along with the opportunity to pair with a. maple producer from your region to help guide your process. From ELA, to science, math, and social studies - your students will meet all of their educational goals in this project-based learning experience. 

All K-12 classrooms are open to participate and can earn up to $250 in prize money. The first 120 schools to register are eligible to receive a Maple Starter Kit, with a value of $120!  Register your classroom by February 14, 2020. Registration is open!

This contest is made possible through a partnership with the  NYS Maple Foundation and the NYS Maple Association
Take a Virtual Field Trip to a New York Beef Farm
Two virtual field trips for elementary classrooms will virtually transport students to a beef farm and share how beef is grown and cared for in New York.  Students will chat directly with a farmer and experts during live Q&A sessions during the trips.  Join us on a tour of O'Mara Farms to learn about the beef lifecycle, cattle care, and environmental stewardship practices on their farm. These trips will be offered on Thursday, May 7 at 9am and 10:30am for grades K-5. 

This will be the same Virtual Field Trip that we hosted in the fall of 2019. If you participated in the Fall 2019 field trip you shouldn't register for this experience. Visit our  website to learn more or  register here
Opportunity for Students to Discover Solutions to Global Poverty and Hunger
The New York Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at Cornell University where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world. 

Students who participate in the New York Youth Institute earn recognition as a Borlaug Scholar, and qualify for internships and further opportunities To participate in the New York Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor. Registration and paper submission due online by February 28, 2020. For more information and guideline, visit their website
CHS Scholarship Available to attend the National Conference
The application is now available for 2020 CHS Foundation Scholarships to help teachers attend this year's national conference 'Agriculture Elevated' scheduled for June 24-26 in Salt Lake City, UT. The application is on the National Agriculture in the Classroom website and the deadline is March 1, 2020. The scholarship covers the cost of early registration of $435. Eligible applicants are PreK-12 teachers employed by a school district or private school. 
NY Farm Bureau 2020 Agricultural Youth Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors who plan on continuing their education to prepare for a career connected to agriculture are eligible to apply for the New York Farm Bureau 2020 Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Three scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,200, and $1,000 will be awarded.  Applications  are due via email or postmarked by March 1, 2020
Serve Up Change with FoodCorps
Do you want to serve your community by growing healthier kids, healthier schools, and a more just world? FoodCorps is looking for people like you! As a FoodCorps service member, you can help kids learn what healthy food is, fall in love with it, and eat it every day. FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of full time paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.  Applications are open January 10- March 13 to become a FoodCorps service member. 
Junior Iron Chef Competition
Bassett Healthcare Junior Iron Chef Competition is coming!  Registration is open for the 7th annual Junior Iron Chef (JIC) Competition on Saturday, March 28 at SUNY Cobleskill. Teams of 3-4 student chefs will compete in middle and high school divisions.  The competition is open to teams from Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, Montgomery, Madison, Fulton, Herkimer, Oneida, and Chenango counties. The JIC is a fun competition to create and prepare tasty, healthy recipes that might be prepared and served in a school cafeteria. Register and learn more at  their website
Agricultural Literacy Grant Spotlight
Stephanie Locke- DeRuyter Central School
"Kindness Garden"

In order to promote agriculture and tranquility into students' lives, Ms. Locke will establish a kindness garden outside of her classroom at DeRuyter Central School. The kindness garden will have a gravel walkway bordered by plants leading outside of her classroom door to the outdoors. The walkway will lead to a larger graveled area that has benches for outdoor learning and garden boxes surrounding them that students will work with each day.
This project will give students the ability to design and change their garden as needed. They will be utilizing the engineering and design process throughout the garden as they collaborate and work together as teams. Ms. Locke envisions peaceful and relaxed students who are thoroughly engaged and enjoying school by completing hands-on projects of planting, tending and harvesting plants. Students will also be painting and leaving rocks in the garden to add their own creative touch. 
The area will be shared and can be utilized by all classrooms within the district, as well as teachers if they need a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors and see the student's accomplishments. The students will be in charge of building, designing, and planting this kindness garden. It will be a tremendous amount of work but a huge accomplishment for students this year, as well as in the future and the district as a whole.
Ms. Locke also plans on reaching out to a local nursery to have an employee of the nursery come into the district to help teach the students about plants and their basic requirements.

Learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Grant and view the other recipients on our  website
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
Farming in a Glove
In this lesson students in grades K-2 will observe how a seed sprouts and investigate the conditions necessary for germination to occur. The supplies for this lesson can be purchased through the This kit contains instructions and enough materials for 35 students to plant five different seeds in the fingers of a food handler's glove and the cotton necessary to sprout them.
Fabulous Flowers
The students will examine the functions of flowers and determine that some flowers are edible in this K-2 lesson
Topsy-Turvy Soybeans
In this lesson, students will observe how plants respond to gravity by germinating soybeans in a CD case and rotating the case as they grow. This lesson is best for students in grades 3-5. 
Celebrate National Pizza Day on February 9th by  using pizza as a basis for learning about agriculture, geography, and mathematics. This lesson for grade 3-5 can also be paired with the "Where Does Your Pizza Come From?" poster. 
Middle School/ High School Resources
In this lesson for grades 6-8, students will simulate how a type of biotechnology called Marker Assisted Selection (MAS)  is used to identify crop plants that have desirable traits such as sweet tasting fruit or natural resistance to a pest or disease.
Career Gaming
Through project-based learning, students will design games that will assist others with identifying a variety of agricultural careers, possible emerging agricultural careers, the education required for agricultural career options, and the types of salaries that can be expected in each career. This lesson is intended for students in grades 6-8. 
Stacking Up Milk and Milk Substitutes
Students will compare and contrast milk and plant-based milk substitutes by learning their source from farm-to-table and discovering how they "stack-up" in nutritional value in this lesson. Students will also explore food package labeling laws and consumer trends in milk consumption to think critically about the impact of labels in marketing and consumer perceptions of food.
With the film FARMLAND, students will learn about the care of livestock on farms and consider regulations and the government's role in the industry. This lesson is part of a series of lessons that use clips of FARMLAND to teach and explore agricultural concepts. 
February Book Nook
Mrs. Spitzer is a wise teacher who knows many things. She knows about gardens. She knows about children. She knows how similar they are, and both will flourish if tended lovingly. This book pairs well with the lesson "How Does Your Garden Grow?", available for grades K-2 and 3-5
Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car
With a mind for ingenuity, Henry Ford looked to improve life for others. After the Great Depression struck, Ford especially wanted to support ailing farmers. For two years, Ford and his team researched ways to use farmers' crops in his Ford Motor Company. They discovered that the soybean was the perfect answer. Soon, Ford's cars contained many soybean plastic parts, and Ford incorporated soybeans into every part of his life. He ate soybeans, he wore clothes made of soybean fabric, and he wanted to drive soybeans, too. Learn more about his journey in this book.  
Tuttle's Red Barn: The Story of America's Oldest Family Farm
In 1632, John Tuttle set sail from England to Dover, New Hampshire. There he set up a farm on seven acres of land. From those humble beginnings the Tuttle family story became America's story. As the Tuttle's passed down the farm, along the way they witnessed the settlement and expansion of New England; they fought in the American Revolution; they helped runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad and sold maple syrup to Abraham Lincoln; they bought the first Model T in Dover; and they transformed the old barn into the thriving country store it is today.
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