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New York Agriculture in the Classroom


Agricultural Literacy Week

Each year NYAITC selects one book on an agricultural topic which represents a sector of New York's vast agricultural industries. The book is read by over one thousand volunteers to tens of thousands of students.

Educator Workshops

NYAITC offers workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers, extension and other community educators, partners, and volunteers. We work with educators to integrate curriculum using agricultural literacy activities, lessons, and resources to support science, social studies, language arts, and math learning.

Schoolyard Sugaring

A partnership between the New York State Maple Foundation and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, this contest's goal is to connect students with maple syrup producers in order for them to learn about the product, which is unique to our region. Classrooms compete to learn the process and produce their own syrup for judging.

Teacher of the Year

Each year, we celebrate an outstanding New York teacher who uses agricultural literacy materials and/or activities in the classroom to such an extent as to merit statewide recognition. Winning teachers receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, held in a different location in the United States each year.

Top Cut: A Beef Contest

Thanks to a partnership with the New York Beef Council, this contest serves to educate middle and high school students about beef production, nutrition, and marketing. This contest allows students to explore beef in a hands-on manner by creating and marketing their very own product.

Virtual Field Trips

Food and agriculture experiences come to life for students during farm visits, and now an opportunity to give a look behind the barn doors is more accessible than ever with a virtual field trip.

Grow-NY Youth Competition

Calling all youth food system and technology entrepreneurs! The Grow-NY competition will take place November 16-17, 2021 in Syracuse, NY.

Mac & Cheese Challenge

From the young to the old, our appetite for macaroni & cheese is big! This beloved comfort food has more variations than we can count, and whether left in its classic cheesy form or used as a base for creative ingredient add-ins – there is no doubt the end product will be delicious.