Ag in the Classroom 2020

The selected book for 2020 is "Right This Very Minute" for Ag Literacy Week


Established in 1985, New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is a partnership of Cornell University, the NYS Department of Ag & Markets, the NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Farm Bureau.  Its mission is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how we produce food and fiber, what we eat, and how we live, by helping educators, students, and their communities learn about and engage with agriculture and food systems.

The staff of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County are pleased to share a recorded reading of the 2020 Agriculture Literacy Week book, Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming Written by: Lisl H. Detlefsen. Illustrated by: Renée Kurilla. We want to give thanks to our friends at the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Education for allowing us to read this story about our favorite foods and where they come from.

We typically work with volunteers to read the annual Agriculture Literacy Week book to 2nd grade classrooms throughout the county. We were disappointed that we were unable to do so this year and still wished to share this book that so nicely encompasses health, wellness, farm to school and positive youth development.

Each of the Seneca County School District 2nd grade classes and/or school libraries will receive a copy of the book and activities to go along with the reading. We are hopeful we will be able to visit classes and share a live reading of the book in the Fall as well.

Read to you by CCE Seneca County staff members, the selected book for 2020 is

"Right This Very Minute" written by by Lisl H. Detlefsen with art by Renée Kurilla.

We are often hungry "right this very minute" throughout the day for breakfast, or lunch, or a snack. But do you we ever think about what farmers are doing "right this very minute" to ensure we have safe, nutritious and delicious foods when we want them?

Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming connects the foods we find ourselves wanting during the course of a day to the work farmers are doing every day to grow, raise and produce our food. This book will take students on an explorative journey to trace the food on their plate back to its source- the farmer. The book highlights the story of agriculture with vivid illustrations and a community-centric story line. Students will understand the importance of agriculture as an economic driver in communities across New York, and develop an awareness for where their food comes from and its journey.

Contributing nearly $2.4 billion to the state gross domestic product and covering approximately 7.3 million acres, agriculture is vital to New York State. The New York Agriculture in the Classroom Program is excited to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York's agriculture while also focusing on food production and how consumers contribute to agriculture.


Rachel Williams
4-H Youth Development Issue Leader

Last updated June 12, 2020