New York Agriculture in the Classroom | March 2023

New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Conference Scholarships Available

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is looking forward to again supporting teachers to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.

Teachers from across the state will be selected and supported by New York Agriculture in the Classroom for a full conference scholarship. The conference will bring together teachers from across the country to learn from skilled presenters, engaging keynote speakers, and from one another.

The scholarship includes double occupancy hotel accommodations, round-trip flight, up to 28 hours of CTLE professional development credit, additional teacher and classroom resources from New York Agriculture in the Classroom, and more!

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is suggested to submit your application early. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference will be held June 26-29, 2023 in Orlando, FL.

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FINYS Applications Due and Maple Scholarship Due


NYFB Agricultural Youth Scholarship Due


Farm to Fork Professional Development


Conference Scholarship Applications Due

Farm to Fork Professional Development

Engage in a day of interactive learning focused on teaching core standard concepts through the lens of agriculture. Educators will participate with lessons focused on food, fiber, and fuel systems, aqua/aeroponic growing, and share in a round table discussion with community health and wellness professionals about the availability of resource for students, educators, families, and communities. SUNY Potsdam Professor and WISER Center Coordinator Ray Bowdish will provide a tour and discuss the resources available at SUNY Potsdam’s Wiser center to be followed by a lesson on cloning and propagation of succulents.

Lunch is included in the training and participating PreK-12 educators will receive over $100 of books, kits, and resources. NY certified educators will have the opportunity to earn 7 CTLE credits.


NEW! Beef Resources Available

The Next Generation Beef Toolkits have been developed to help teachers implement Next Generation Standards through an engagement with the beef industry. Each toolkit provides standards-based lessons, background knowledge on core concepts, and real world on the farm examples of highlighted concepts.

Currently available are the Next Generation Soil Toolkit and Genetics and Agricultural Efficiency. Water Conservation will be coming soon.

Check out the Toolkits

2023 New York Farm to School Institute

The New York Farm to School Institute is a year-long professional development opportunity for food service staff, educators, administrators, and community partners in New York schools to develop and refine their Farm to School programs, and to help bring more New York grown food into the cafeteria and classroom. This ongoing training and educational program will assist participating schools in creating successful Farm to School programs and connecting with farmers.

Schools will receive ongoing coach support, a fully customized Farm to School Action Plan, virtual workshops on timely FTS topics, an in-person celebratory “Learning Journey” and farm tour in May 2024, a $5000 stipend award, and continued peer-networking through alumni network.

Applications due March 15 for the 2-Day summer retreat in Rotterdam Junction, NY

June 28-30, 2023

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New York State Maple Foundation Student Scholarship

It is the intent of the New York State Maple Foundation to promote the future of the maple syrup industry by funding a one-time $500 scholarship to three eligible college students in memory of Terry Laubisch, one of the founding members of the NYS Maple Foundation. Scholarships are awarded based on academic and leadership excellence and involvement in the maple syrup industry.

Applications are due by March 15th, 2023.

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New York Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Youth Scholarship

New York high school seniors who are graduating and interested in pursuing a career in agriculture can apply for New York Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Eligible students can use the financial award for college or advanced training in the skilled trades.

The applicant or their family must be a New York Farm Bureau member, and the student must live and/or work a farm or be involved with agriculture in the state.

Scoring will determine the district winners and may include a personal interview. Each district winner will receive $250 and then compete for one of two state scholarships worth $3,000 and $2,000, based on their submitted applications. Applications must be submitted by March 17, 2023, and the district winner judging will take place prior to April 28, 2023. State winners will be announced by the end of May.

Apply for the Scholarship

NYFB Student Membership is complimentary. Students can join online.

Student Membership

Featured Lessons

Grades K-2

Farm Animal Life Cycles

In this lesson, students will investigate six major livestock species, discover that animals need air, space, food, water, and shelter to survive, explore the life cycle of a farm animal, and identify the products each farm animal produces.

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Grades 3-5

Sheep See, Sheep Do

Students will explore the difference between inherited and acquired traits and discover why knowledge of inherited and acquired traits is important to agriculture in this lesson.

This lesson is also available for grades 6-8.

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Grades 9-12

Healthy Eating Away From Home

This lesson highlights awareness of consuming nutrients and calories away from home, and where to find the calorie and nutrition information for foods available in fast food restaurants. It also highlights how to determine individual calorie needs, as well as the number of calories in a typical fast food meal, and it focuses on dietary goals for saturated fat and sodium.

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March Book Nook

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

Growing up in the 1830s in Saratoga Springs, New York isn't easy for George Crum. Picked on at school because of the color of his skin, George escapes into his favorite pastimes—hunting and fishing. Soon George learns to cook too, and as a young man he lands a job as a chef at the fancy Moon's Lake House. George loves his work, except for the fussy customers, who are always complaining! One hot day, George's patience boils over and he cooks up a potato dish so unique it changes his life forever.

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Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruits and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an abandoned farmhouse near the fields, sometimes like a kitten, as she shares a bed with her sisters...But above all Anna wonders what it would be like to be a tree rooted deeply in the earth, watching the seasons come and go, instead of being like a "feather in the wind."

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