New York Agriculture in the Classroom
The Empire Educator
A newsletter for New York's educators interested and committed to teaching through agriculture
I Love NY Agriculture Art and Writing Contest Winners Announced
Keira Hess, Pre-K, 2nd Grade
The winners have been announced in this year's I Love New York Agriculture Art and Writing Contest. Over 300 entries were received from across the state, and the winners and their teachers will be receiving prizes and awards for their great efforts. View the winning pictures in person in the FFA Exhibit Hall at the New York State Fair, or view them online here
High Tunnels in Schools Grant Application -
Due June 15th

The final 2 High Tunnels will be awarded this year in order to extend your school gardening season. If your school would like the opportunity to be considered for this grant opportunity - this is your chance. Receive a high tunnel, $1,500, and materials and resources. Applications are due June 15th, 2014. Learn more about the program and apply via our website.
Educator Resources
Ideas and Inspiration
Using Gardens to Teach
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project will be hosting a summer institute for educators interested in integrating gardens into their curriculum. The workshop will be three days of hands-on learning and will count for twenty one hours of professional development credit. It will be held August 6-8, 2014 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Learn more about the workshop or register today.
Invite a Dairy Princess to your Classroom
June is Dairy Month and it is exciting to celebrate this important industry with our students. Many Dairy Princesses are being crowned across the state, invite these well spoken young ladies in your classroom to talk to your students about dairy and lead an activity with your students. They are an exceptional resource, and a fun educational addition to your classroom. Find more information about the program here
Dairy Birthing Center
The Dairy Birthing Center will be returning to the New York State Fair this year! A popular attraction during its first year last year, the birthing center will be housed in a bigger tent with new and exciting additions this year. Volunteers will be needed! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Jessica Ziehm at Visit the New York Animal Agriculture site to learn more.
Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More
Cris Peterson
clarabelleCelebrate National Dairy Month by telling your students the story of Clarabelle, by Cris Peterson. Describing all the latest technology available on a traditional Wisconsin dairy farm, this story follows the lives of the cow Clarabelle and her calf. And explains how none of the modern-day machinery matches the miracle of production that is the cow herself. Great book to celebrate National Dairy Month for grades K-6.
Web Resources
Mission Nutrition: Dairy Every Day

The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) and the award-winning curriculum specialists at Young Minds Inspired (YMI) are pleased to provide you with these free standard-based teaching materials that will engage your students in learning about the role of dairy foods in eating a balanced and nutritious diet each day.


Send your students on a learning mission that can lead to a lifetime of good nutrition as they discover the role of dairy foods in a balanced diet, the importance of having dairy at every meal, and the benefits of starting each day with a wholesome breakfast.


Find this lesson and many others here. 

Upcoming Events
Farm to School Webinars
January through July 2014
  • Tune in to these webinars about bringing local foods to school districts
  • Webinars held at 2 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month by USDA Farm to School
High Tunnels in Schools Application Due
June 15, 2014
National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
June 23-27, 2014
  • Hosted in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Learn more and register for the conference here
Poughkeepsie Farm Project Summer Institute
August 6-8, 2014
  • Being held in Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Workshops for educators wanting to integrate gardens into their curriculum
  • Learn more or register today.
NYSECTA Conference
August 11-13, 2014
  • 2nd annual New York State Elementary Classroom Teachers Association conference to be held at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY
  • To feature great speakers and sessions
  • Register here 
New York State Fair
August 21-September 1, 2014
  • Visit our booth in the FFA Exhibit Hall
  • Tour the Dairy Birthing Center 
  • Enjoy viewing the many types of agriculture present in the barns and show rings during these great 12 days! 
  • Find more information here 

Featured News
I Love NY Agriculture Art and Writing Contest Winners
High Tunnels in Schools Grant Application Due June 15th
This Month in Ag
National Dairy Month

National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month

Summer Solstice-June 21
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Did You Know?
The average cow produces  enough milk each day to fill six one-gallon jugs, about 55 pounds of milk.

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