New York Agriculture in the Classroom | Summer 2018
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Important Dates:

Aug. 14-16- Poughkeepsie Farm Project Summer Institute

Aug. 15- John Deere Resource Grant Applications Due

Aug. 22- Food & Agriculture in Your Classroom Training

Aug. 23- Agriculture Career Day at the NYS Fair

Aug. 27Maple Day at the NYS Fair 

Sept. 15- CHS Grant Applications Due

March 18-22- Agricultural Literacy Week

Announcing the 
2019 Agricultural Literacy Week Book!
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to share that the title "On the Farm, At the Market" by G. Brian Karas has been selected at the 2019 Agricultural Literacy Week book!

This year's theme focuses on food production and direct marketing. Each aspect of a farmer's preparation for a market will be illustrated - the before, during, and after. Students will enjoy the vivid illustrations featuring a vegetable farm, cheese production, and a mushroom operation who all sell directly to consumers. The book also explores the community of farmers and eaters, and how the food eventually comes together to create the meals we share.

Find out more information on our website
Agriculture Career Day at the New York State Fair
Are you or your students interested in learning more about the wide range and variety of careers available in agriculture. The New York State Fair will be your one-stop shop for learning all about the many places agriculture can take you on Friday, August 23rd. This event is sponsored by the Department of Labor and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, with help from FFA chapters from across the state. Join us for a scavenger hunt and other fun activities throughout the day!

Maple Day at the New York State Fair
Mark you calendars for Monday, August 27th if you're interested in learning all about Maple Syrup! Across the New York State Fairgrounds displays, interactive activities, and tastings will be set up to share the experience of maple production. 

Using Gardens to Build Community 
Poughkeepsie Farm Project's annual summer institute is designed to help educators integrate gardens into their teaching. They cover topics in literacy, social studies, science, and nutrition, as well as build knowledge about sustainable agriculture, food systems, social justice, and ecological gardening practices. Join them for three days of hands-on learning beginning on August 14. For more information and to register, visit their website
Food & Agriculture in Your Classroom Curriculum Training 
With SUNY Potsdam's WISER Center and the St. Lawrence Valley Teachers' Center, New York Agriculture in the Classroom will be hosting a free Tower Garden and curriculum professional development training for teachers on August 22nd. 

A portion of the training will be learning about the construction, growing cycle, and management of a Tower Garden structure. Teachers will also engage in hands-on, relevant curriculum training to pair with or without a Tower Garden. 
Learn how to teach through a lens of food and agriculture, receive classroom kits, and up to $75 worth of tools and resources. 

For more information and to register, visit our  website

Teacher Resource Grant Opportunity
John Deere is sponsoring the distribution of 300 resource kits, each containing one copy of the Foundation's 2018 Book of the Year, "John Deere, That's Who!," an educator guide and a classroom set (30-pack) of Ag Innovation ag mags.  Kindergarten through fifth-grade educators working in schools, as well as home-schooling families, are encouraged to apply by August 15th.  

Grant winners will be randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Resource kits will be sent to selected teachers in time for National Read a Book Day, September 6th.  Apply online today .

CHS Foundation Classroom  Grants Available 
The application for CHS Foundation Classroom Grants is now available and K-12 teachers with agriculture-related projects in need of funding are invited to apply. The CHS Foundation and National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization partner each year to offer this grant opportunity.

Projects funded in the past include school gardens, embryology projects and other agriculture-related initiatives that help educators teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Fifteen $500 grants will  be awarded. The deadline for applications is September 15th . Apply for a CHS Foundation Classroom Grant today!

Teacher Resources
Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix
Did you know you can access hundreds of lesson plans for free on the Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix. The Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix is an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers and contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards. Find lessons on dairy, genetics, simple machines, school gardens, and more to help you plan for the upcoming school year on our website
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