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Agricultural Literacy Week

Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 16-20, 2020

Books

How Does Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) Work?

In celebration of New York agriculture, 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 donated to the school or classroom library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Agricultural Literacy Week. 2,000 books were donated last year while thousands of second graders participated in fun and educational activities.

2020 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 16th and runs through Friday, March 20th.

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.

Click here to find your County Coordinator and their contact information.

About This Year's Book

Right This Very Minute

Right This Very Minute

Written by by Lisl H. Detlefsen
Art by Renée Kurilla

We are often hungry "right this very minute" throughout the day for breakfast, or lunch, or a snack. But do you we ever think about what farmers are doing "right this very minute" to ensure we have safe, nutritious and delicious foods when we want them? Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming connects the foods we find ourselves wanting during the course of a day to the work farmers are doing every day to grow, raise and produce our food. This book will take students on an explorative journey to trace the food on their plate back to its source- the farmer.

Contributing nearly $2.4 billion to the state gross domestic product and covering approximately 7.3 million acres, agriculture is vital to New York State. We are excited to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York's agriculture while also focusing on food production and how consumers contribute to agriculture.

Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming highlights the story of agriculture with vivid illustrations and a community-centric storyline. Students will understand the importance of agriculture as an economic driver in communities across New York, and develop an awareness for where their food comes from and its journey.

Agricultural Literacy Week Archive

Now in its 14th 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.

  • On the Farm, At the Market
  • Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
  • The Grapes Grow Sweet
  • The Apple Orchard Riddle
  • Weaving the Rainbow
  • Who Grew My Soup?
  • The Beeman
  • The Honeybee Man
  • Seed, Soils, Sun
  • Chicks & Chickens
  • The Tree Farmer
  • Sugarbush Spring
  • Empire State Investigator
  • Lily's Garden
  • Extra Cheese Please

Sponsorships & Donations

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

The books are $12 each and will be donated to the school library after being read.

Contact your county coordinator for more details on where to send your donation. 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.

For County Coordinators

Access documents and information regarding ALW »