In celebration of National Agriculture Week, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders.
Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities.
The book will be given to the school library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Ag Literacy Week.
2,000 books were donated last year while thousands of second graders participated in fun and educational activities.
|Agricultural Literacy Week - Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20, 2020|
The selected book for 2020 is Right This Very Minute.
Written by Lisl H. Detlefsen, 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.
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. We are 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.
Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming highlights the story of agriculture with vivid illustrations and a community-centric storyline. 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.
In support of Ag Literacy Week, we are seeking donations to offset the cost of books that will be donated to the schools that participate.
If you are interested in making a donation, there is a fillable form:
Volunteers will visit local elementary schools during Ag Literacy Week to read and talk to children about New York's agriculture industry.
At the conclusion of the day's activities, the book will be donated to the school library for students and teachers to use throughout the school year.
Visit the New York State Ag in the Classroom website to learn more about statewide activities and to learn about agriculture-themed books that have been featured in other years.
Last updated March 16, 2020