New York Agriculture in the Classroom | November 2021

Nominate a Deserving Educator for the

Teacher of the Year Award

Do you know an amazing educator or team of educators who integrate agriculture in their curriculum? The New York Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year nomination period is now open. This top honor is awarded annually to a teacher, or a team of teachers, who are committed to teaching through the lens of agriculture. 

The the top nominee(s) will earn an expense-paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Nominations or self-nominations are due

Friday, November 5, 2021.

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NOV. 05

Teacher of the Year Nominations


DEC. 01

NAITCO Conference Workshop Proposals Due

DEC. 03

Top Cut: A Beef Contest Submissions Due


White-Reinhardt Grants Cycle 2 Application Due



Agriculture in the



Seeking Workshop Proposals for National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

National Agriculture in the Classroom is seeking workshop proposals for its 2022 National Conference "Empire State Of Agriculture" scheduled for June 28-July 1 in Saratoga Springs, New York.


The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 1, 2021. If your workshop proposal is accepted, you will receive $50 off your conference registration per one full workshop or one mini workshop selected. Proposals should be for hour-long workshops and/or 20-minute mini workshops that will be repeated two or three times. 

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Announcing the 2022

Agricultural Literacy Week Book

We see vast fields of crops and recognized it as a farm, but what about a few raised beds in what used to be a vacant lot? Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table shows how you can farm where you are and highlights the need for innovation, education, and community building.

We are excited to showcase the unique diversity of agricultural operations that is especially applicable to New York’s combination of rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

Agricultural Literacy Week will take place March 21-25, 2022.

Featured Lessons

Grades 3-5

How Weather Impacts Farms

Students explore different types of weather and discover how weather conditions can impact farms.

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Grades 6-8

Source Sleuth: Investigating Credible Sources About Beef

Students discover why it is important to use credible sources, learn strategies for identifying credible sources, identify primary sources of information, and practice citing sources.

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Grades 9-12

The Geography of Thanksgiving Dinner

Students identify common Thanksgiving foods and their farm source, determine if those foods can be produced locally, and locate the common origins of their Thanksgiving day dinner.

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November Book Nook

Thunder Cake

A loud clap of thunder booms, and rattles the windows of Grandma's old farmhouse. "This is Thunder Cake baking weather," calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm. A real Thunder Cake must reach the oven before the storm arrives. But the list of ingredients is long and not easy to find...and the storm is coming closer all the time!

Reaching into her childhood experience, Patricia Polacco tells the memorable story of how her grandma—her Babushka—helped her overcome her fear of thunder when she was a little girl.

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Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker

Have you ever wondered why Swiss cheese has holes? You'll find out in this story about a Swiss cheese maker named Casper Jaggi. Casper Jaggi was only six years old when his father taught him how to make cheese in the Swiss Alps. In 1913, Jaggi left Switzerland in search of new opportunities in the United States.

Like many other Swiss, he settled in Green County, Wisconsin, where the rolling hills dotted with grazing cows reminded him of home. And soon, he'd be turning cow's milk into cheese, just as he did in Switzerland.

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