New York Agriculture in the Classroom | February 2022

Virtual Field Trip Opportunity

Maple Virtual Field Trip

Join New York Agriculture in the Classroom on Thursday, March 3 for a virtual field trip to Shaver Hill Maple in Harpersfield, New York! 

During this Virtual Field Trip, recent Cornell University graduate Damien Hill will take students into his family's sugarbush and demonstrate the tree to table process of maple syrup. After a walk in the woods to see how trees are tapped, students will follow Mr. Hill into the sugarhouse to watch sap being made into syrup. The wrap up the trip, attendees will learn about some of the value-added products made from maple while tasing real New York maple syrup.

The first 100 classrooms to register will receive a free inquiry box prior to the virtual field trip.

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FEB. 21

Registration Deadline to be a Hunger Hero

MAR. 1

NY Farm Bureau Scholarship Application Due

MAR. 3

Maple Virtual Field Trip

MAR. 3

Maple Virtual Professional Development



Agriculture in the



Professional Development Opportunity- Earn 2 CTLE Credits!

This two-hour virtual professional development will take educators to Shaver Hill Maple. After a tour, the virtual professional development will include a science and ELA lesson focused on comparing and contrasting different grades of maple syrup. The experience will wrap up with a STEM lesson focused on using topographic maps of forests around participating educators' school and applying concepts of gravity to create a successful gravity-fed tubing system.

Educators who participate in the virtual professional development will be sent a kit of the lesson used in the experience for their classroom, as well as receive two hours of CTLE credits. The development is at no cost to participants with a limit of 35 New York educators.

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NEW! Themes for Learning

National Agriculture in the Classroom has some exciting new pages in the Teacher Center on their website! These new resources should be useful in helping teachers catch the vision of contextualizing agricultural literacy within their content areas.

For elementary, middle, and high school teachers, the Themes for Learning page uses thematic standards-based content to provide immersive multi-day experiences. The Themes for Learning organize lessons, activities, books, and other resources by topic for a streamlined experience. Topics include pollinators, school gardens, diversity focused literature, and more!

Be a Hunger Hero- World Food Prize’s 2022 New York Youth Institute at Cornell University

The New York Youth Institute (NYYI) is a career development experience hosted at Cornell University for New York high school students to spend a day engaging with leading experts on critical global challenges, join in educational activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in New York and around the world. 

Participants will explore global problems, collaborate with other passionate youth on solutions, meet world-class experts, grow professional networks, gain research and public speaking experience, and qualify for internships and further opportunities. Ninth through twelfth grade students are eligible to participate and registration and participation are free.

Register by February 21
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NY Farm Bureau 2022 Agricultural Youth Scholarship Applications Open

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 2021 Agricultural Youth Scholarship. First place will be awarded $3,000 and second place will be awarded $2,000. Applications are due via email or postmarked by March 1, 2022 by 5pm.

The School Seedling Program

Looking to meet Next Generation Science Standards in creative and engaging ways? Whether you’re a teacher, homeschool group, or a club leader, DEC's School Seedling Program from the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery is here to help! New York schools and youth organizations can apply to receive 30-50 free tree or shrub seedlings to plant with their students, offering young people an up-close opportunity to participate in conservation while learning about trees and their ecosystem functions! Each school or organization may receive one order per year. Apply online by March 31.

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Featured Lessons


Grades 3-5

Preserving the Powerful Pepper

In this lesson students will preserve peppers to create their own probiotic food, observe properties of preserved foods and states of matter changes that occur, and discover the health benefits of probiotics.

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Grades 6-8

Increasing Food Production with Precision Agriculture

This hands-on lesson teaches students how precision agriculture uses geographic information systems (GIS) to help farmers and manufacturers make smart, efficient, and responsible decisions about how and when they plant, grow, irrigate, harvest, and transport crops.

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Grades 9-12

Chain of Food

Students will explore the path food takes along the Farm-to-Table Continuum. They will begin on the farm and investigate food safety issues during processing, transportation, at restaurants and supermarkets, and finally, in their own homes. Teams will identify how food can become contaminated along the continuum and develop and present strategies for preventing contamination at each step.

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February Book Nook


Let's Pop, Pop, Popcorn!

Told through exuberant rhyme, a group of children shows the step-by-step process of how America's favorite snack comes about. Beginning with the planting of seeds, the cycle moves through the caretaking of the plant (watering and weeding), all the way to its harvest. Finally, it's time to shuck, then pop the kernels, and enjoy the finished product! Complete with back matter that includes scientific facts and activities, Let's Pop, Pop, Popcorn! offers a fun introduction to the process of creating popcorn.

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The Hundred-Year Barn

One hundred years ago, a little boy watched his family and community come together to build a grand red barn. This barn became his refuge and home—a place to play with friends and farm animals alike. As seasons passed, the barn weathered many storms. The boy left and returned a young man, to help on the farm and to care for the barn again. The barn has stood for one hundred years, and it will stand for one hundred more: a symbol of peace, stability, caring, and community.

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