Each year we offer an Annual Literacy Program where we select an agriculturally accurate book targeted at early elementary students. Volunteers find classrooms throughout the state where they read the book and share related information with the students. Following the presentation, the book is donated to the school for continued enjoyment and learning. We also provide lesson materials to help supplement the school visit. Teachers are encouraged to utilize these resources to
round out lessons with activities based in science, language arts, social studies and more.
The book selected for this year’s program is "How Do Apples Grow?" by Betsy Maestro. Students will discover if they have ever eaten a part of a flower and explore how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit.
Books along with the Educators' Resource Guide are available at the NH Farm Bureau in Concord for $5 per set. For an additional $2.50 each, we are happy to mail a copy. Please contact our office to get your books.
A Few of the Resources Available in our Lending Library
Take advantage of our resource library to bring agriculture into your classroom. We have books, lessons, DVDs, incubators and more! Contact our office for more information and to check on availability.
Learning through gardening: books on hydroponics, school gardens & garden math
Mushroom Kit: grow your own mushrooms while learning how fungi are essential components of our ecosystems that cycle nutrients for plants, animals and bacteria
Elementary level books: coordinated with lessons and activities aligned to Common Core standards (link to a partial list:
Middle School books featuring "Little Joe" about responsibilities and the realities of farm life by NH's own Sandra Neil Wallace
Posters with Educator's Resource Guide
First Peas to the Table Contest
Grades K-5 invited to participate!
Contest: Be the student team that grows the greatest amount of peas (measured in cups) using no more than 20 pea seeds during the official contest period.
Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to schools or non-profit organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects. Explore STEM fields that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Closes 3/15/16 Info & Application
Registration for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference is now open. June 22-24, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ