New York Agriculture in the Classroom | July 2022

National Agriculture in the Classroom

Virtual State of Agriculture

One-Day Conference

National Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to announce they will be offering a free, one-day virtual conference sponsored by the CHS Foundation on July 28th. 

The conference will feature a keynote address from the award wining author Peggy Thomas and two session tracks, one for elementary and one for secondary. 

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference will be held July 28 from 10am-5:45pm Eastern Time. Join for a day sure to leave you with valuable agricultural literacy resources and excitement for the new school year.  

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Virtual State of Agriculture Conference

AUG 1-3

STEM Beef Experience 

NEW! Abbreviated STEM Beef Experience

The STEM Beef Experience is a three-day immersion into the world of beef for New York educators. Throughout this experience, teachers will learn how beef influences environments as they engage with in-person tours of a beef farm, a university beef processing facility, and cook with a professional chef.

As educators gain a foundational understanding of different aspects of the beef industry, they will engage with STEM lessons that will allow them to use their new beef knowledge to engage their students.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 16 CTLE credits with participation in this FREE experience. Meals and lodging will be provided to participants at no cost. 

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National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Hosts

280 New York Teachers in Saratoga Springs, NY

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is proud to have hosted the 2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs with over 280 New York educators in attendance. 

Of the 280 New York participants, 68 were recipients of New York Agriculture in the Classroom's Conference Scholarship. Teachers from across the state were selected based upon merit of their application for a full scholarship valued over $900. We are so very proud of their accomplishments and representation of New York on the national level.

All 700 conference attendees were able to participate in high-quality workshops, tours, and inspiration to include food and agriculture as a lens for learning during the conference. 

Featured Lessons

Grades K-2

Supreme Seeds

In this lesson, students will observe various types of seed, discover the many uses of seeds, taste edible seeds, and make a seed mosaic.

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Grades 6-8

Hungry Pests

This lesson teaches about invasive species: what they are, the threats they pose, and damages they can cause. Students will identify individual pests and invasive species and discover what they threaten, where they live, and the pathways hungry pests use to enter new locations.

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Grades 9-12

Food: Going the Distance

Students will calculate the miles common food items travel from the farm to their plates and discuss the environmental, social, and economic pros and cons of eating local vs relying on a global marketplace for our food.

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July Book Nook

Pickles to Pittsburgh

In Pickles to Pittsburgh, the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate drifts off to sleep and, with her brother Henry as her copilot, visits the land of Chewandswallow—a land characterized by massive amounts of food, immense carrots, leafy jungles of lettuce, and tuna fish sandwiches so gigantic they have to be moved by helicopter. And what the people of Chewandswallow are doing with all that food is most intriguing of all!

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A Taste of the World: What People Eat and How They Celebrate Around the Globe

Festive feasts from around the world bring people together to celebrate and share stories. A Taste of the World travels across the globe uncovering different dishes, traditions, cultures, and festivals from Egypt to Germany, Hanami in Japan, Chinese New Year, and a good old roast dinner in the UK. A Taste of the World will give you an appetite to explore.

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