New York Agriculture in the Classroom
The Empire Educator
A newsletter for New York's educators interested and committed to teaching through agriculture
Teacher of the Year Applications

Each year, one teacher from New York State is recognized by NYAITC for their use and integration of agriculture in their classroom and curriculum. This individual will receive the opportunity to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference in Hershey, PA. Discover more about eligibility and find the application here. Applications are due Friday, October 18, 2013. 

October is Farm-to-School Month!
How can you connect your classroom to agriculture during National Farm-to-School Month? October is dedicated to schools' celebration of local agriculture.  Consider taking a trip, inviting a speaker, eating local foods, or doing creative agriculture related activities to get your students excited. Click here to discover ways to get your school started!
Kids Growing Food Mini Grant Applications
The Kids Growing Food Mini Grant was started with the intent to increase students' understanding and appreciation for nutrition, agriculture, and the environment. kidsgrowingfoodSchool gardens are an excellent tool to help integrate these things into the class curriculum and to create an exciting learning experience for students. Apply for a Kids Growing Food Mini Grant and your school could receive support and materials to help start, or continue, your school's garden. These mini grants are offered by NYAITC and applications are due November 15, 2013. Explore more information here.
Educator Resources
Ideas and Inspiration
World Food Day
Celebrating World Food Day is a great way to spark interest in agriculture and the environment in your classroom!  World Food Day, October 16, is a day dedicated to the movement to end World Hunger. Check out the following resources for more information and ideas about how your classroom can get involved! 
  • The USA World Food Day website has ideas and resources.
  • Attend the North Country Food Day Youth Summit! Held at SUNY Potsdam on October 16, 2013.  Click here to learn more and register for the event.
My American Farm App
 Try out the 'My American Farm' App in your classroom! The App is free, safe, and educational.  It expands on student knowledge while also reinforcing lessons about agriculture and the industry.   Try out this fun game called 'Load the Lunchbox'. With a focus on health and nutrition, this game  and many others from 'My American Farm'  make a great addition to any lesson.  Visit the 'My American Farm' website for ideas, educator resources, and more information. 
The Pumpkin Book
by Gail Gibbons
Enjoy the Autumn season by learning together with your students about pumpkins! Gail Gibbons' book, entitled simply The Pumpkin Book, covers many different pumpkin topics including information about their history, uses, and growth. Geared towards Kindergarten through 4th graders, the book  includes a few  fun activities so your students can have hands-on fun while learning!
Fall Harvest
by Gail Saunders-Smith
Fall Harvest is a lovely book for young readers about the changes that Fall brings. The colorful book touches on topics like the changes in plants, animals, and weather as Autumn sets in.
Upcoming Events
Food, Land, and People Training--
October 5, 2013      8:30 am-3:30 pm, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Offers hands on training focusing on activities and lessons to aid educators in teaching about the environment
  • Aligned with the NYS and Common Core Learning Standards
  • Learn more or Register 
Project Learning Tree Workshop --
October 5, 2013    10:00 am-4:30 pm,  New York, NY
  • Workshop for educators interested in developing environmental related lessons. Learn more about Project Learning Tree here.
  • $10 registration (plus service charge)
  • RSVP here 
Cornell Vet School Admissions Presentation and Tour--
October 11 and November 8, 2013   3:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Admissions presentations and Tours offered this fall for interested students. 
  • Register now
World Food Day - October 16, 2013
Teacher of the Year Applications Due -
October 18, 2013
  • Find more information and the application here.
Kids Growing Food Mini Grant Applications Due-
November 15, 2013
  • Find more information and the application here.
New York Farm Bureau Scholarship Applications Due-November 18, 2013
  • High School seniors with a family or student Farm Bureau membership and  an interest in pursuing agriculture may apply
  • Applications due November 18, 2013
  • Learn more or apply here 
Featured News
Teacher of the Year Applications
October is Farm-To-School Month!  
Mini Grants
This Month in Ag
World Food Day-Oct. 16
National Farm to School Month
National Apple Month  
National Popcorn Popping Month
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Did You Know?
Pumpkins are produced on six of the seven continents.
New York ranks third in pumpkin production in the United States!

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