State Reports

State Summary 2018 — New York

State Contact

Ms. Katie Carpenter
New York Agriculture in the Classroom
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
P: 607-255-9253, Option 6

Classroom Resources

Agricultural Literacy Week 2018 Educator Resource Guide and Companion Resources (Before We Eat by Pat Brisson; Lesson: Mapping the Food System)

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

45 teachers participated in the Meat Your Beef Tour and Educator Training co-sponsored with the NY Beef Council.

89 classrooms registered for the Schoolyard Sugaring Maple Contest, with lessons, books, and experiences impacting 2,910 students. 70 maple producers paired with classrooms as mentors. 80% of registered schools returned their syrup samples for judging.

41 classrooms registered for the Top Cut: Beef Contest, with lessons and resources impacting 2,100 students.

21 schools received funding to receive an indoor grow system to extend the school gardening season. 11 of the 21 schools were from urban areas. Over 3,500 students will be impacted by the grow systems in their schools.

60,000 elementary age students received instruction during our Agricultural Literacy Week Program, in over 3,000 classrooms.

60 teachers attended the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine through a scholarship opportunity. Over 1,350 continuing education hours were awarded to the teachers.

$12,000 was invested in the Agricultural Literacy Grants, supporting 19 creative projects.

180 educators were trained in Agriculture in the Classroom lessons.

1 Virtual Field Trip was held with over 12 classrooms participating, equaling 360 students.

5 teachers were nominated for the NYAITC Teacher of the Year Award.


Katie Carpenter joined Cornell University's Agriculture Outreach and Education team as Director of New York Agriculture in the Classroom program in May of 2012.

Katie grew up in Northern New York and attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill receiving a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Agricultural Business Management. She actively serves as Secretary of the New York State Agricultural Society, coordinates the Ambassador program for the NYS Agricultural Society, and serves as the Eastern Region Representative for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization.