NY Ag Literacy Week: March 15-19, 2021
New York Ag-in-the-Classroom and the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H program invite you to be a reader for the annual Agriculture Literacy Week to be held March 15 to 19, 2020. Last year, 2000 books were donated to school or classroom libraries and books were read by volunteers to thousands of second graders throughout New York State.
Written by Viola Butler
Art by Ward Jenkins
Ice cream is a treat we enjoy in many forms and flavors. But how often do we stop and think about how the ice cream we're eating made its way to the cone or dish we are enjoying it from? Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) connects the delicious treat to the work farmers are doing every day to grow, raise and produce our food. This book will take students on an explorative journey learn about dairy and to trace the food on their plate back to its source- the farmer.
With over 4,000 dairy farms and ranking fourth nationally as the largest producer of milk, dairy is vital to New York State. New York State is also the largest producer of yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream in the nation. The dairy community in New York includes both large dairy operations and small, family run farms. It also boasts processing facilities of various types and sizes, from major global processing companies to small artisanal dairy product makers. We are excited to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York's dairy industry while also focusing on processing and how consumers contribute to agriculture.
Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) highlights the dairy industry with vivid illustrations and a humorous 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.
Full CCE Press Release below:
AGRICULTURAL LITERACY WEEK TO REACH 1000 STUDENTS ACROSS MADISON COUNTY
Agricultural Literacy Week has been celebrated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) for the past 17 years as a way to promote agricultural literacy and learning to students across New York State. Each year, with the help of county-based coordinators, thousands of volunteers visit schools to read an agriculture-themed book to elementary students. This year NYAITC and Madison County are excited to continue this state-wide event through virtual engagement. Volunteers readers will have access to pre-recorded videos developed by NYAITC or will have the option to read to students live via video feed.
The dairy industry will be supported in 2021 as the book Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) by Viola Butler will be read to students. This is a unique tale of agriculture with vivid illustrations and an engaging storyline. The book will help students understand the importance of dairy in communities across New York and learn about the journey their food takes from farm to fridge. With over 4,000 dairy farms and ranking fourth nationally as the largest producer of milk, dairy is vital to New York State. The dairy community in New York includes both large and small farms. It also boasts processing facilities of various types and sizes, from major global processing companies to small artisanal dairy product makers. NYAITC is proud to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York's dairy industry while also focusing on processing and how consumers contribute to agriculture.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County is pleased to once again be partnering with Madison County Farm Bureau and local FFA Chapters to bring Ag Literacy week to elementary schools. We wish to extend a special thank you to the Madison County Farm Bureau which covered the cost of all books required for the 2021 program.
New York State has the longest running and largest Agricultural Literacy Week programs in the country. This year, more than 80,000 students across 62 counties will participate in virtual Agricultural Literacy Week activities. Agricultural Literacy Week would not be possible without the support of our wide network of volunteers. We are proud that funding to support Agricultural Literacy Week has generously been provided by New York State dairy farmers through the Dairy Promotion Order.
More information about Agricultural Literacy Week can be found by visiting the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website at www.agclassroom.org/ny. If you are interested in being a volunteer reader, please contact Courtney Livecchi at email@example.com or 315-684-3001
Last updated July 15, 2021