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

Jan. 6- Jr. Iron Chef Registration Opens

Jan. 17- Beginner Maple School

Jan. 18- Winter Maple School

Feb. 14- Schoolyard Sugaring Registration Deadline 

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

Feb. 28- New York Youth Institute Applications Due

March 1- CHS Foundation Scholarship Applications Due

March 13 - FoodCorps Applications Due

March 28 Bassett Healthcare Junior Iron Chef Competition  

June 23-26- National AITC Conference 
Win a Scholarship to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Utah!
New York Agriculture in the Classroom wants to support your travel to the premier professional development conference about 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 is Now Open!
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. Schools are eligible to receive a Maple Starter Kit, with a value of $120, to start tapping right away!  Register your classroom by February 14, 2020. Registration is open!

This contest is made possible through a partnership with the  NYS Maple Foundation
New York Beef Council Launches New "Beefshi For the Classroom" Program 
New York Beef Council and the North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, are offering the Beefshi in the Classroom program. This program is designed to provide middle and high school teachers resources and financial support to integrate hands-on, culinary exploration into their classrooms. Beefshi is a new and fun culinary concept perfect for creating easy to prepare school lunches. Through this program classrooms will be eligible to receive reimbursement for up to $200 in beefshi recipe ingredient purchases. Visit the New York Beef Council's website for program guidelines.
North Country Jr. Iron Chef Competition 
Starting January 6, 2020 schools in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Franklin, Clinton, Essex, and Hamilton counties can register online for the North Country Jr. Iron Chef competition.  North Country Jr. Iron Chef is a competition for teams of regional  middle and high school students  to develop and prepare tasty, healthy recipes  which could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria.  Register and learn more at
Winter Maple Schools
A Beginner Maple School will be held on Friday, January 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Basics for small and new maple producers will be presented by Stephen Childs, Cornell University NYS Maple Specialist.  Participants can attend for a nominal cost of $5 which includes refreshments and materials.  Participation is free for youth-16 and under. 

A Winter Maple School will also be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9am for $15 per person with pre-registration or at the door for $25 that morning. Youth 16 and under is $5.00 per child. This day long program will cover a wide range of topics including the Climate Change and Climate Change Laws, Maple Tubing Research, Tapping for Quality and Updates from the Cornell University Uihlein Maple Research Forest. You can learn more information about both of these maple school on the Lewis County CCE website
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.  Ninth through twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.  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

Harvest New York Job Opening
Harvest New York is looking for an individual who has an appreciation for agriculture in New York State and realizes the importance of building relationships with producers and processors to hire a
s the Farm to Institution Coordinator. The person in this position will be responsible for contributing to the program development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation to support the increased volume and variety of local foods purchased by institutions, create innovative educational programs to meet changing local needs, and work across a wide geography in New York State and contribute to Harvest's New York's existing farm to institution programmatic work. For more information or to apply for this  position, view the listing
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
Michael Hawkins- PS/MS96ACT
"Growing Healthy! Rooftop Garden"

F ourth graders at PS/MS96ACT will create a fully operational, year-round teaching garden in their East Harlem school. Students will grow fruits and vegetables to jumpstart nutritional and food awareness. One of their main goals is to make vast improvements to their current rooftop garden, which is underused and in disrepair. They will do so by adding cold frames to their growing beds to support year-round planting and harvesting, a composting system, and a stocked tool shed. They will supplement this hands-on learning with field trips to support agricultural studies.
Currently, Mr. Hawkins' class has one hydroponic mini system, they support a food justice club for middle school students through the Global Kids program, and they sustain a healthy snack program for the full school, as well as maintaining a food pantry which is open to the community. 

With these new programs they have already seen tremendous interest from students in how food grows, and how it's harvested and distributed.  In the one 4th grade classroom where students have been planting spinach, lettuce and herbs in the hydroponic system, Mr. Hawkins saw great dedication and commitment to the labor. He wants to grow this phenomenon to reverberate throughout the school.  Through the Agricultural Literacy Grant, they will be able to bring their small gardening and nutrition programs to the larger school population and their community. Their goal is for school-wide agricultural engagement from K-8 and to have full year participation in agricultural studies.  More student participation, and year-long engagement in growing, will potentially increase student interest in ethical and sustainable practices surrounding food. Having students work toward eating healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables and cooking what they grow will encourage thinking beyond the shelves of the supermarket.

Learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Grant and view the other recipients on our  website
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
Agriculture Counts
Students read a story about our nation's first survey of agriculture, discuss reasons for counting things, and gain practice by sorting and counting a variety of objects related to agriculture. This lesson is best for students in Kindergarten to second grade. 
Supreme Seeds
In this lesson students will observe various types of seed, be introduced to the many uses of seeds, taste edible seeds, and make a seed mosaic. If you have trouble sourcing seeds, the Seed Samples kit can be bought via the AgClassroomStore. 
More Than One Grain of Rice
In this lesson, students will learn about the cultivation and parts of rice while also covering subjects including mathematics, economics, and geography. Activities include reading  One Grain of Rice  by Demi and removing the hull, bran, and germ from grains of rice.
Students will learn about the seasons, become familiar with the process of wool production, and explore how trade and barter have historically allowed people to satisfy their needs and wants in this lesson
Middle School/ High School Resources
Through project-based learning, students will solve the problem of excess beeswax, a byproduct of honey bees, by developing a useful beeswax product and marketing their product to be sold in a local boutique or farmers market in this lesson . This lesson can also be paired with the Beeswax Lip Balm Kit for an added interest approach. 
Clothes on the Grow
Students will gain a broad understanding of the types and sources of different fibers, examining their origins and observing their differences. Activities in this lesson include examining clothing and clothing labels and observing how different types of fabrics burn. This lesson is best for students in grades 6-8. 
Students will explore and understand the core question, "How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050?" and begin to think about the challenges and opportunities presented by this question in this lesson. Students will explore factors such as expected population growth, food waste, and various positive and negative factors impacting sustainable agriculture. 
One in a Million
In this lesson, students will learn about solutes and solvents and will use serial dilution while investigating parts per million-a term used to describe the nutrient concentration of a fertilizer solution. 
December Book Nook
Learn how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter through this bookSleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. See what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring's new growth, summer's heat, and fall's bounty to winter's well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it's time to sleep.
No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully
In this book, on an otherwise ordinary day, Elliot discovers something extraordinary: the power of mindfulness. When he asks his neighbor Carmen for a snack, he's at first disappointed when she hands him an apple - he wanted candy! But when encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.
An Orange in January
This book tells the story of the orange beginning with the blossom and ending with the juicy fruit in winter. Illustrations of the plant's growth cycle, produce history, and transportation to the grocery store are included.
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