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Agricultural Literacy Academy

LogoCornell Cooperative of Broome County, New York Agriculture in the Classroom, and New York Farm Bureau are proud to collaborate and sponsor the new Agricultural Literacy Academies to be held regionally across New York State. Funded through a USDA Farm to School grant, these two-day trainings will allow teachers to leave with a toolbox full of techniques, curriculum, and ideas for integrating food systems into their schools.

Expect your experience to include:

  • 18 hours of Professional Development Credit
  • The complete Food, Land & People curriculum of 55 lessons aligned to NYS and Common Core Learning Standards ($55 value)
  • Panel discussions with area farmers, school food service directors, and special guest speakers
  • Agriculturally accurate books for your classroom library, resources, take-home kits from lessons featured at the training, and online companion materials
  • Premier of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Curriculum Matrix
  • Farm tours for the opportunity to connect with prominent agricultural industries in your region
  • The invaluable resource of identifying program and funding partners in your region

Target AudiencePhoto

The Agricultural Literacy Academies have been developed for those teaching in grades K-8. First priority of registrants would include current teachers employed by a school district and planning to teach in the 2015-2016 school year.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators and volunteers who are actively and consistently present in their area school districts are able to take part in the Academy, with the stipulation that they have a partner teacher from a school their serve attend the training.


The total cost of the two-day training is $30. This includes all meals, materials, and the Food, Land & People curriculum.

In the case of the Northern NY training, this cost also includes overnight accommodations at the Oswegatchie Educational Center.

Seven scholarships at $100 each are available to teachers at each Agricultural Literacy Academy site. This scholarship can be used to offset travel costs, offsetting the expense of a substitute teacher, child care, etc. Please see the regional links below for that scholarship application. CCE educators and volunteers are not eligible for a scholarship.


Please click the links below to learn more details about the specific locations, register for the academies, and submit a scholarship application. You will see draft training agendas and tour information. (These will be clickable links, I will follow up for each of the regions in a separate message)

April 30-May 1 at Kelkenberg Farm of Clarence
Clarence, NY (Erie County)
Agenda | More Detail »

July 21-22 at the New York State Fairgrounds
Syracuse, NY (Onondaga County)
Agenda | More Detail »

August 26-27, 2015 at the Stone Barns Center
Pocantico Hills, NY (Westchester County)
More Detail »

Capital Region:
September 18-19 at the New York Farm Bureau Office
Albany, NY (Albany County)
More Detail »

Long Island:
October 6-7 at Gabrielson Farms
Jamesport, NY (Suffolk County)
More Detail »

Contact Us

For specific questions about the Agricultural Literacy Academies, please contact Katie Carpenter (kse45@cornell.edu) or Laura Biasillo (lw257@cornell.edu).