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Agricultural Literacy Week

Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 19-23, 2018

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.

2018 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 19th and runs through Friday, March 23rd.

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 Book

Before We Eat: From Farm to Table

Before We Eat: From Farm to Table

By Pat Brisson and Illustrated by Mary Azarian

We are proud to feature a book that displays the vast opportunities and diversity that New York agriculture encompasses this year. Students will be taken on the journey from farm to table to understand different aspects of agriculture and the many possible careers involved. This is a captivating glimpse on what it takes to bring the food we eat to us in order to nourish our bodies and spirits.

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 create careers essential to the food system that are not always initially thought of: arborists, soil engineers, animal geneticists, butchers, aquaculturists, truck drivers, grocers, and more.

STEM careers and post-secondary opportunities of all kinds are highlighted with vivid illustrations. It will be essential for our students to understand the importance of agriculture as an economic driver in communities across New York, and develop an awareness for future career possibilities. All lessons, activities, and companion materials are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.

Educator Resources

Resources coming soon!

Agricultural Literacy Week Archive

Now in its 13th 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 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

Literacy Volunteers

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

Click here to register as a Literacy Volunteer

Teachers

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

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.