New York Agriculture in the Classroom | February 2019
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Important Dates:

Feb. 14 - Schoolyard Sugaring Classroom Registration Due

March 1- NYFB Scholarship Due

March 1- Educator Development Day, the Fairgrounds in Hamburg

March 18-22- Agricultural Literacy Week

May 21-23- On the Farm Event in Syracuse, NY 

June 18-21- National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Arkansas

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. 

All K-12 classrooms are open to participate and can earn up to $250 in prize money!  Register your classroom by February 14, 2019

This contest is made possible through a partnership with the  NYS Maple Foundation

Enjoy an "AgVenture in the Natural State" with Temple Grandin, Featured Conference Speaker
National Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to announce that Temple Grandin, world renowned animal behaviorist and autism spokesperson, will be a keynote speaker at its 2019 national conference 'AgVenture in the Natural State' set for June 19-21 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She will be available for a book signing and will give the keynote address at the banquet the evening of Wed. June 19. 

The conference kicks off the morning of Wednesday June 19 with traveling workshops to learn about agricultural and educational topics such as rice and poultry production, worldwide hunger at Heifer International, and issues facing the 42nd U.S. president at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. An opening luncheon begins at noon that day and workshops will begin afterward and will be held throughout the week. Workshop topics include GMOs, chemistry in agriculture and hands-on school garden approaches to learning, among other topics. The conference ends mid-day Friday June 21.

CHS Scholarship
The application for 2019 CHS Foundation Scholarships to cover teachers' registration to attend the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference "AgVenture in the Natural State" set for June 19-21 in Little Rock, AR is now available. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. For more information and to submit an application, visit the website here
Educator Development Day in Agriculture Based Education
Is your District growing a Farm to School Program or are you interested in sharing lessons on agriculture?

Erie County Agricultural Society, in cooperation Seeds of Living Education Organization, want to grow Farm to School education for kids on Friday March 1st, 8:30 - 2:30.  This day is a perfect fit for Elementary through Middle School Educators, Community Garden Leaders, and anyone working in Youth Development.  The day will offer workshop sessions with experienced and fun instructors sharing lessons that can be brought back to your classroom or program. Enjoy the day learning and networking with other programs and districts. Find out more here

Power Up Your Body Challenge
Challenge your students to design a campaign to teach their peers about the importance of building healthy bones, brains and habits!
Finalists will showcase their campaigns at Liberty Science Center May 5, 2019. This challenge is open to middle school students in the NYC metro area. For more information and to sign up, visit Cabot Creamery Cooperative's website

On the Farm Event Applications Now Open!
On the Farm events are free professional development experiences designed for those who work in STEM and have a limited background in agriculture.  Selected participants will receive free registration, reimbursement of up to $650 for approved travel expenses, hotel accommodations for three nights and meals, in addition to educational supplies and resources. 

The event will take place in  Syracuse, New York from May 21-23, 2019.  Learn more about the experience and apply here by February 1st!

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 11th- March 15th to become a FoodCorps service member. 

Purple Plow Pollination Challenge
The Spring 2019 Purple Plow Challenge is "  What can we do to sustain or improve pollinator well-being?"  Through this challenge, students will become more aware of the important role pollinators play in our daily lives and how to help protect the various populations. This challenge is for students in grades 5-12 and ends May 1, 2019. Find out more on accept the challenge on their website
NY Farm Bureau 2019 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 2019 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, 2019

Agricultural Literacy Grant Spotlight
Melissa Biviano- Bolivar Road Elementary
"Young Aggies at Bolivar"

Melissa Biviano came up with an innovative way to teach her students at Bolivar Road Elementary about healthy eating and produce that can be grown locally through experiential learning. This educational experience for her second and third grade classes will include a farm field trip, agricultural-based lessons throughout the school year, a Family Fitness Night, and displays at the District School Fair. 

First students will visit Greyrock Farm where they will learn about what is produced at the farm and what goes into food production.  To supplement this trip, during the school year the Cornell Cooperative Extension will come in and do lessons with classes in second and third grade to reinforce what the students are learning through the teacher directed lessons. The project will culminate in student-made displays at the Family Fitness Night and the District School Fair.  Also, the students will be reading facts they learned through the lessons on morning announcements in order to spread their knowledge to the entire school. 

Learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Grant and view the other recipients on our website
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
Animal Life Cycles
This lesson for students in grades Kindergarten- 2 introduces students to six major livestock species, teaches that animals need air, space, food, water, and shelter to survive, and introduces students to the life cycle of a farm animal.

Nuts About Peanuts! 
Students label the parts of a peanut plant on a diagram, follow step-by-step instructions to plant a peanut, and use a chart to record the growth of peanut plants.

The TART Cherry on Top 
Students will explore tart cherry production in the United States and explain why producers and consumers are needed in the cherry industry. This lesson is best for students in grades 3-5 and also includes a recipe for slow cooker cherry pie. 
Cultures, Food, and Communities Around the World 
Students will explore different cultures around the world, compare worldwide communities with local communities, and explain the interrelationship between the environment and community development. This lesson is intended for students in grades 3-5. 
Middle School/ High School Resources
From Foraging to Farming
Students will participate in a foraging activity, gaining perspective on how scarcity of resources can affect well-being and how agriculture provides the benefit of a steady, reliable food supply in this lesson for grades 6-8. Then they will read about hunter-gatherers and early agriculture and use maps to explore how geography affected the development of early civilizations.
Apple Genetics: A Tasty Phenomena
Using the context of apples, students will apply their knowledge of heredity and genetics to explain how new varieties are developed and propagated to meet the demand for a tasty, uniform, consistent product. This lesson is best for students in grades 6-8. 
Global Trade and Interdependence
Students will examine the impacts of the Columbian Exchange and identify the economic and cultural impacts of contemporary global agricultural trade. They will also explore how food choices influence patterns of food production and consumption. Students in grades 9-12 will enjoy this lesson
Mystery Juice
Using an inquiry approach, students will develop an investigation to determine the difference between two juices. Food safety will be discussed in relation to the results of the investigations. Students will have the opportunity to discover how pasteurization reduces the number of microorganisms in a food such as juice in this lesson.
October Book Nook
A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver
The beautiful illustrations in this book drive the story of the life of George Washington Carver, a man who built his life from almost nothing and changed the way Southern farmers planned and planted crops. This story is mostly biographical but touches briefly on the agricultural topics of crop rotation and plant science. It is an excellent introduction to the importance of agriculture in history. In addition, this book also shows children the role of hard work and education, and is named for one of Dr. Carver's favorite sayings: "a weed is a flower growing in the wrong place."
At Grandpa's Sugar Bush
Alongside his grandpa, a young boy shares the tasks involved in making maple syrup the old-fashioned way in this story. From tapping the trees to boiling the sap, the two spend many hours working side by side in the woods. Their reward is a delicious breakfast of pancakes and the best syrup in the whole world.
Clothing and Jewelry
A celebration of cultural differences, this beautifully illustrated book gives young readers a fascinating look at the clothes and jewelry of other people around the world. Use this book to discuss where clothes come from and how agriculture supplies a variety of fibers.
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