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

Oct. 9 & 17- Interactive Career Days

Oct. 11-  Top Cut Pre-Registration Due

Oct. 15- Whole Kids Grant Applications Due

Oct. 16- Beef Farm Virtual Field Trip

Oct. 29- Teacher of the Year Nominations Due

Nov. 1- Annie's Garden Grant Applications Due

Jan. 3- Grow with Us Grant Applications Due

Jan. 6- Jr. Iron Chef Registration Opens

Grow With Us Grant: Sprouting Inspiration for Third Year
In an effort to connect students with food and recognize deserving classrooms, New York Agriculture in the Classroom is again awarding grow systems through the Grow With Us Grant for the third consecutive year. 

The   Grow with Us Grant allows schools to apply for  three types of grow systems. Schools should apply for the grow system that would best meet their educational goals, classroom space needs, and consider their experience level in school gardening and curriculum integration. 

New York Agriculture in the Classroom aspires to provide teachers the vehicle and tools to facilitate experiential-learning using agriculture as the context for learning. $70,000 will be invested in this grant programs.

Applications are open now and due Friday, January 3, 2020.   Visit our website  to learn more about the eligibility requirements, view photos of the featured grow systems, and apply for the grant.
Top Cut: Beef Contest Pre-Registration Closing Soon!
The Top Cut: Beef Contest is an exciting that engages students with beef production and cooking, while also focusing on developing a marketing plan. The cross-curricular program entails creatively developing a marketing strategy for a product or recipe of their choice to be sold in a food truck.  Each grade-level division will be vying for the chance to win $250 and a barbecue grill for their classroom from the New York Beef Council. Prize money will also be awarded to second and third place classrooms. Grades 3-12 are eligible to enter. 

The deadline for contest registration is October 11. Visit the  contest page on our website to learn more!
New York Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year: Nominations Open
Nominate yourself or an amazing educator who integrates agriculture regularly in their curriculum. This top honor is awarded each year to a teacher, or a team of teachers, who are committed to ensuring that their students are agriculturally literate. The winning nomination will earn an expense-paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. All nominations are due Tuesday, October 29 , 2019

Visit the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website for the more information and to read about the past winners. Complete the  application  today!
Interactive Career Days in Cayuga and Oswego Counties 
During this free interactive career day event, high schools students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning stations that will connect them to the transferable STEM skills that exist in the innovative and technologically advanced world of agriculture. 

Students can participate on October 9 from 9:30am-1:30pm or on October 17 from 9:30am-1:30pm. On October 9 in C ayuga County, students will rotate through three stops: Cayuga Milk Ingredients, Oakwood Dairy, Dickman Greenhouse. On October 17 in Oswego County, students will engage with Wilkholm Dairy, Attis Biofuels, Behling Orchards. For more information, contact Julia Smith,  Agricultural Initiatives Coordinator at  Cayuga Community College via email at  
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant
The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to growing healthier kids through better nutrition, one bite at a time.  The foundation currently is inviting applications for its Garden Grant Program. Driven by the idea that kids who grow veggies are more likely to eat veggies, through the program, schools and nonprofit organizations will be awarded grants of $2,000 to turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity, and support classroom curriculum. The program supports both new and existing educational gardens. The deadline for applications in October 15 at 6pm estSee the Whole Kids Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Garden Grant Opportunity from Annie's
Annie's offers grants to school gardens for educational programs that connect children directly to gardening. The school garden must be an edible school garden (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and be located in the USA. Schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems.  The maximum grant amount is $5,000 and more information can be found on the  Annie's website . Applications are due November 1
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
Agriculture in the Classroom Educator Position Opening
If you are passionate about increasing agricultural literacy and enjoy working with students, consider applying for the Elementary Agriculture in the Classroom Educator position in Broome County, employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension. In this position, the Agriculture in the Classroom Educator will deliver programming to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how food and fiber is produced, how people eat, and how people live by helping teachers, students, and their communities learn about and engage in agriculture, food systems and the environment. For more information, view the Broome County job posting. 
Agricultural Literacy Grant Spotlight
Jessica DeVries- Unadilla Valley Central School
"Unadilla Valley's Eggtastic Plan- UV Hen House"

Each year the agriculture science classes and the kindergarten classes at Unadilla Valley hatch chicken eggs, but the majority of students don't get to see the chickens grow and produce eggs. The kindergarten chicks are usually given back to the farmers who donate them, while the agriscience class chicks are adopted out to FFA members to use to develop new Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. Being able to raise the laying chickens on campus because of New York Agriculture in the Classroom's Agricultural Literacy Grant means Unadilla Valley students will be able to continue the study of the growth and production of chickens throughout their lifecycle. 
Their project will include the design, construction, and installation of a chicken coop and pen for raising 10-12 laying hens on their school campus. The chicken coop and pen will be mobile and be able to be moved around the school campus for students in Kindergarten and 7-12 to interact with. The eggs produced from the hens will be used in the school cafeteria, food science, and culinary classes. Some eggs will also be donated to two local food banks or the backpack program in our school district. Any large overages of eggs, that cannot be used or donated will be sold at the local farmers market in town and the funds put back into the egg production project.
Local farmers Jane Prohaska and Rhonda DeMulder will be helping with this project. They will be mentoring the agriscience and kindergarten classes throughout the year and sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Grant and view the other recipients on our  website
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
Why People Need Plants
The purpose of this lesson is to teach students that plants provide people with food, clothing, shelter, and many other things that we use in our daily lives. This lesson is best for grades K-2. 

A Walnut Orchard Through the Seasons
In this K-2 lesson, students will gain an understanding of the changes that take place in a walnut orchard through the seasons by reading and discussing a story about a walnut farm and learning the meaning of important vocabulary words.
Build it Better
Students in grades 3-5 will investigate animal handling preferences and design a cattle corral system that is durable, efficient, and effective in this lesson. Students will also discover the skills needed to be an agricultural engineer.
Apple Science: Comparing Apples and Onions
Students will explore heredity concepts by comparing observable traits of apples and onions, collecting data on the traits of different apple varieties, and learning about apple production. Additional activities in this lesson include hands-on methods for testing apple ripeness. 
Middle School/ High School Resources
Hunger and Malnutrition
Students will learn about the importance of eating a variety of foods in order to get all the nutrients needed to be healthy, explore diets around the world using Peter Menzel's  Hungry Planet Family Food Portraits , and discuss the scope of the problems of hunger and malnutrition using the  World Food Programme Hunger Map . This lesson is for students in grades 6-8. 
Grow it Now, Drive it Later?
Students will discover potential careers in agriculture with a focus on the growing field of biofuel development. This lesson is intended for students in grades 6-8. 
Matter of Fact
In this lesson, students will take on the role of a nitrogen molecule and experience how various forms of nitrogen cycle through the environment. Students will be able to identify and differentiate between atoms, molecules, and compounds. 

Growing a Nation: Playing by the Rules
In this lesson, students in grades 9-12 will explore the major events and changes in agriculture related to science, technology, and policy in the era of 2001 to the present, taking an in-depth look at how these elements have impacted American families and communities through the passage and enactment of government programs and policies. 
September Book Nook
Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition
This book offers all the basics found in an adult nutrition guide in a format designed specifically for kids. Lizzy Rockwell has filled Good Enough to Eat with funny speech bubbles, detailed illustrations, and an engaging cast of children who explain everything from why your body needs protein to how long it takes to burn 100 calories. All this plus hands-on experiments and recipes make learning so much fun, kids can taste it!

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie
From the whippoorwill's call on the first day of spring through the first snowfall, Edna and members of her family gather fruits, berries, and vegetables from the fields, garden and orchard on their Virginia farm and turn them into wonderful meals. This book includes facts about the life of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves who grew up to be a famous chef.
Compost Stew
From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile. How do you start a compost pile? What's safe to include? This book provides the answers. 
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