Spring Ag Literacy Program                                         March 2015    

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Farm & Forest Expo
We had a great time chatting with homeschoolers, teachers and agricultural education supporters!  We handed out some curriculum, helped kids with MyPlate bracelets and Garden In A Glove, promoted the Spring Agricultural Literacy Program and much more.  FARMO was once a big hit, especially with t-shirts and antlers as prizes!

Teachers can apply for a scholarship to the National
Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

Fifty-five teachers from across the country will be selected to receive a scholarship to the National Convention at the Galt House in Louisville, KY.  June 16-20, 2015


Come find NHAITC at these events:

NH Council for the Social Studies Conference
March 19th
New Hampton School

Southwick Wellness Fair
April 10th
Southwick School
Northfield, NH

NH Science Teachers Spring Conference
April 11th
Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH

NH Association of Education for Young Children Spring Conference
April 18th
Plymouth State College

Merrimack County School-to-Farm Day
May 14th
Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, NH

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
June 16-20, 2015
Louisville, KY

Debbi Cox

State Coordinator


(603) 224-1934

295 Sheep Davis Road

Concord, NH  03301


Deb Robie, 

Grafton County Coordinator

Agricultural Education License Plate
The bill is scheduled to be heard on March 3rd at 11:40 am in the Legislative Office Building, room 203.  
Come show your support!
Agricultural Education License Plate
There is currently a bill before the NH House of Representatives for the creation of an agricultural education license plate.  Proceeds from this program would support NH Ag in the Classroom, NH FFA, NH Farm to School and a grant program for small agricultural education projects.  Please show your support by signing the petition here 
2015 Agricultural Literacy Program
According to National Agriculture in the Classroom, an agriculturally literate individual is "someone who understands the food and fiber system including its  
history and its current economic, social and environmental significance to all Americans".  In order to achieve an agriculturally literate society, NH Agriculture in the Classroom begins in the early elementary grades.

One of the ways this is done is by selecting an agriculturally accurate book each year for the Spring Agricultural Literacy Program. NHAITC then prepares supplementary materials to enhance the book's lessons, rounds up volunteers from across the state and sends them out to visit their local classrooms armed with the selected book and an Educator's Resource Guide.  Once the volunteer reads the book, frequently they offer a related activity bringing the information to life.  Finally, the book and the Educator's Resource Guide are donated to the classroom or the school library for continued learning.  Last year, the program reached over 3,000 students statewide in grades Kindergarten through 4th.

This year's book is "Who Grew My Soup" by Tom Darbyshire.  The delightful tale follows a young 
boy while he learns about the vegetables in his soup and where they are grown.  The story lends itself to several different areas of continued exploration:  how plants grow, local agriculture and a healthy diet.  

Anyone can join the fun!  Teachers, grandparents, parents, siblings, neighbors, agriculture professionals, etc.  You just need to get the book, schedule your visit with a classroom teacher and share the book with the students.  If you would like to participate in this program, NHAITC provides these materials at a cost of $5.00 for each set and are available by contacting us at nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org. For a postage fee of $2.50, we can mail them directly to you.  The kickoff for the program is March 18th, National Agriculture Day,  and continues through the end of the school year.
How Crops Are Grown
The "Garden In A Glove" activity is a great way for students to observe the germination and early growth process of a plant.  In addition to science, you can add math to the activity by measuring the plants and graphing the results. The book also lends itself to a discussion about the parts of a plant, in particular, what part of the plant we eat.  Most students don't realize that we consume the root of a carrot, the seed of corn or the flowers of broccoli.

parts of the plant you eat:  click here
Garden In A Glove:  click here 
Local Agriculture
As the story unfolds, the young boy embarks on an adventure to find out exactly where the vegetables in his soup are grown.  The Educator Resource Guide takes advantage of this opportunity to talk about agriculture in your area.  Materials are provided to locate nearby farms which provide commodities for different food groups.  Map agriculture in your county and talk about the farms which we have already highlighted from around the state.

We have included an activity developed by National Agriculture in the Classroom based on geography and the story of food for grades 3 through 5.  For more information, click  here.

NH Department of Agriculture's list of farms:  click here

On this NH Department of Agriculture page, scroll down to "Taste of New Hampshire Agriculture Map" to select your region and many of the farms in that area.  click here
Healthy Eating
Take advantage of students enjoying vegetables by 
addressing why they should be included in our diet.  The USDA ChooseMyPlate program is a great resource for learning about a healthy diet.  Other groups have created activities based on this principal, such as  Nutrition Education for Grades K-12 from Oakland, CA 

MyPlate for Educators:  click here
Make Soup!
Assign students different ingredients to bring to class so you can make soup.  Depending on the grade level, you can first sort them by color, what part of the plant we commonly eat,  if they grow above or below the ground, etc.  You decide who gets to cut up the vegetables!

2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained         2 cans corn
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed               6 bullion cubes
3 medium onions, sliced                         6 cups water
4 celery ribs, sliced                                 1 t salt 
4 carrots, sliced                                      1/2 t pepper
1 bag frozen cut green beans                basil 
1 bag frozen peas                                  oregano

mix all ingredients and cook using one of these methods:
microwave - cook covered on high for 30 minutes, stir and cook on half power another 30 minutes
slow cooker - combine everything except frozen vegetables and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours - add frozen vegetables and cook 2 hours longer or until vegetables are tender
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email:  nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org          (603) 224-1934        http://www.agclassroom.org/nh