Agriculture Literacy Week
Learning about Local Food
Spoons Across America is the primary implementer of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s New York Agriculture Literacy Week. Each Spring, 2nd graders learn about New York state agriculture – what kinds of food are grown and produced in the state, what areas these foods come from and the people who are involved in growing and producing them. This year’s Agriculture Literacy Week is being implemented in schools across New York City over two weeks.
2014 Agriculture Literacy Week: Monday, March 17th through Friday, March 28th.
This year’s topic is the connection of students to their local farmers along with a focus on nutrition and eating 5 servings of vegetables. We know that nutrition begins on the farm, and the story selected for this year will help students make the connection with the farmer in their backyards and the food they purchase in their local grocery stores or farmers markets. This year’s book is Who Grew My Soup by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C.F. Payne.
In 2013, Spoons trained volunteers visited 2nd grade classrooms throughout New York City to read The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi and Kristin Booker. After reading this beautifully illustrated story describing the process of beekeeping and honey collecting on a rooftop in Brooklyn, students participated in a sequencing activity tied to Common Core educational standards, then were given some honey to sample and a recipe for Chef Bobo’s Honey Vinaigrette to take home and share with their families. In 2013, over 30 Spoons trained volunteers read to students and implemented the activity as part of this week long national program.
View a wonderful video from 2013 Agriculture Literacy Week featured in CUNY TVs Study with the Best :
Previous program included learning about apples through classroom activities and reading a the book “The Empire State Investigator: The Applesauce Bandit” provided by Spoons Across America. Students discovered that apples are grown from seeds, honeybees are needed to pollinate apple blossoms, and that most apples are picked in the fall. They also read the book “Sugarbush Spring“, learning how maple syrup is produced and took part in a maple syrup tasting activity. Visit New York Agriculture in the Classroom for more information.