Learning about Local Food
Spoons Across America manages Cornell Cooperative Extension’s New York Agriculture Literacy Week for New York City classrooms. 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. Over 30 Spoons trained volunteers read to students and facilitate an activity as part of this week long national program. This year’s Agriculture Literacy Week is being implemented in schools across New York City over two weeks.
2015 Agriculture Literacy Week: Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 20th. Volunteers will 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 will participate in a sequencing activity tied to Common Core educational standards, then will give students some honey to sample and a recipe for Chef Bobo’s Honey Vinaigrette to take home and share with their families.
Volunteer Training Dates: Monday, February 9 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm and Wednesday, February 11 from 11 am – 12:30 pm
To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please specify the program of interest and neighborhood preference.
View a wonderful video from 2013 Agriculture Literacy Week featured in CUNY TVs Study with the Best:
Previous programs 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.