Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 18-22, 2019
- How does the Ag Literacy Week program work?
- About this year's book
- Educator Resources
- Ag Literacy Week archive
- Sponsor a book for your local school
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.
2019 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 18th and runs through Friday, March 22nd.
Start to Finish the program takes about 30 minutes per classroom.
- Literacy Volunteers work with their county coordinators to set up visits to their local schools.
- Volunteers read to students in first through third grade classrooms.
- 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 Book
On the Farm, At the Market
Written and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
We are proud to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York's agriculture focusing on food production and direct marketing. Students will be taken on the journey to both local and urban farmers' markets seeing a strong, interconnected community by following the food production and sales processes of three different farms. Each aspect of a farmer's preparation for a market will be illustrated - the before, during, and after- on a vegetable farm, cheese production plant, and a mushroom operation who all sell directly to consumers. The book also explores the interconnected community of farmers and eaters, and how the food sold at the market comes together to create the meals we share.
Through this story we will be able to showcase the depth of industries and diversity that New York agriculture encompasses and highlight what agriculture looks like in each region of the state.
From the busy hub of New York City, to the mountains of the Adirondacks, and to the fertility of the Finger Lakes our state is expansive and encompasses all types of agricultural industries. Careers and post-secondary education opportunities are abundant in traditional and developing food-centric industries. Agriculture contributes over $37 billion to the New York State economy and ranks in the top ten in the nation for yogurt, apples, grapes, calves, and onions, among other products. These products and industries allow New York producers to explore all varying scales of marketing and selling: niche markets, direct to consumer selling, food processing, wholesale, and more.
On the Farm, At the Market 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.
To be announced soon!
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.
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.
Send your donation to your county coordinator (make checks payable to Cornell University 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.