Agricultural Literacy Week

Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 17-21, 2014


How does Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) Work?

In celebration of National Agriculture Week (March 17th-21st), volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The book will be given to the school library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Ag Literacy Week. 1,400 books were donated last year while thousands of second graders participated in fun and educational activities. 

2014 Ag Literacy Week begins Monday, March 17th and runs through Friday, March 21st.

Start to Finish the program takes about 30 minutes per classroom.

  1. Literacy Volunteers work with their county coordinators to set up visits to their local schools.
  2. Volunteers read to students in first through third grade classrooms.
  3. Following the reading, volunteers conduct an activity with students and share their experiences in agriculture.

All activity materials are prepared by NYAITC and schools get to keep a copy of the book for their school or classroom library.

About This Year's Books

Who Grew My Soup?

Who Grew My Soup?

by Tom Darbyshire and C.F. Payne

The signature book for 2014 is Who Grew My Soup? written by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C.F. Payne. In this delightful book, Phineas Quinn questions the vegetable soup his mom serves for lunch. He refuses to slurp a single spoonful until he knows who grew each of the vegetables. Much to his surprise, a man in a flying tomato balloon shows up to answer his questions. Phinneas joins the magical Mr. Mattoo as they fly from farm to farm, learning about the amazing vegetables, and meeting the farmers who grow them.

Who Grew My Soup? as the Agricultural Literacy Week book for 2014 will allow students an opportunity to meet and connect students to the farmers in their backyard. As the nation's conversation is focused on healthy living and eating nutritious foods, it is the perfect time to help our students build the knowledge that nutrition starts on the farm. After listening to the story, the students will participate in an activity featuring MyPlate, eating at least 5 servings of vegetables, and introducing actual farmers that grow their favorite vegetables. All lessons, activities, and extensions are aligned to New York State and Common Core Learning Standards.


Teacher Resources

Educator Resource Guide

A PDF version of the Educator Resource Guide, distributed to 2,500 teacher’s across New York State. You will find the Give Me Five featured lesson plan, the program's alignment to Common Core Learning Standards, vocabulary, and a list of learning extensions and additional resources.

My New York Plate Poster

My New York Plate PosterMeet five farmers from New York who produce food within each of the food groups. Nutrition begins on the farm, and let these farmers tell their personal agriculture stories and why they love their job. Just as Phineas Quinn met the farmers who grew the vegetables in his soup, give your students the opportunity to read non-fiction stories of food producers from across our state.

Vocabulary Lists and Games

Follow the link above to view our Quizlet to review the vocabulary terms from Who Grew My Soup?. Play games, test yourself, or just flip through electronic flashcards to learn the vocabulary terms and vegetables mentioned in the book.

New York News Publishers Association ELA Resources

Find more non-fiction farmer stories for your students to read, an activity for students to interview a farmer, crossword puzzles, and additional supplemental activities.

Who Grew My Soup? Song

Story Laurie, and children’s music composer and performer based out of Delaware County, has written and recorded a Farm-to-Table song to be accompanied with this year’s Agricultural Literacy Week program. This funky song will get your classroom singing, dancing, and wondering who grew the food in their lunch boxes. Find the recorded song and the lyrics through the link above. This is a wonderful learning extension for the book, or a perfect way to incorporate your school’s music educator with food and agricultural literacy education.
Listen to the song »

Who Grew My Soup? Videos

Farmers Grow Your Soup Video

Watch this 3 minute video with your classroom, narrated by the Who Grew My Soup? author Tom Darbyshire, as he tells his story of growing up in agriculture and explains all of the jobs that a farmer has on a daily basis.

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Author Read of Who Grew My Soup?

Author Tom Darbyshire reads the book Who Grew My Soup?. Play this 7 minute video to allow your students to virtually meet the author, and hear him read the book through his own voice.

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Agricultural Literacy Week Archive

Now in its 9th Year, Agricultural Literacy Week has helped to bring agriculturally themed books and resources into thousands of classrooms and libraries throughout New York State.
Click here to explore past years books and resources.

The Beeman The Honeybee Man Seed, Soils, Sun Chicks & Chickens The Tree Farmer

Sugarbush Spring Empire State Investigator Lily's Garden Extra Cheese Please

Literacy Volunteers

Follow the link below to volunteer as a reader for Ag Literacy Week. Your information will be sent to your county coordinator.

Click here to register as a Literacy Volunteer


Would you like a volunteer to read and lead an activity in your classroom? Please click the link below and your information will be sent to the county coordinator.

Click here to register your classroom for ALW 2014

Sponsorships & Donations

Would you like to fund the purchase of one or more books?

The books are $8 each and will be donated to the school library after being read.

Send your donation to your county coordinator (make checks payable to NY Agriculture in the Classroom and indicate "Ag Literacy Week" in the memo line). Donors will be recognized on a special bookplate. You may choose to have your donated book sent to a specific school, or to read it yourself to your local school.


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