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Ag in the Classroom
A volunteer reads to a group of 2nd graders in Tompkins County during Ag Literacy Week 2006. Ag-in-the-Classroom
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A volunteer reads to 2nd graders during Ag Literacy Week


Established in 1985, New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is a partnership of Cornell University, the NYS Department of Ag & Markets, the NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Farm Bureau.  Its mission is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how we produce food and fiber, what we eat, and how we live, by helping educators, students, and their communities learn about and engage with agriculture and food systems.



Lewis County’s Food for Thought

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County, in partnership with NYS Agriculture in the Classroom, presents a Blue Apron-inspired educational program for Pre-K – 5th grade classrooms within Lewis County school districts. Through this program, educators will order a free lesson plan and all necessary lesson materials required to incorporate various agricultural concepts into classroom curriculum. Explore a fresh menu of themed lesson plans each month connecting your students to local food and agriculture.

Who Can Participate?

Pre-K through 5th grade teachers in Lewis County. Multiple classrooms from the same school can participate.


Lessons offered through this program are selected through the Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix, which contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards and next generation science standards.


Registration for the October program will open on September 3rd and close on September 25th. This program, which spans the duration of the school year, will have a changing menu of lesson plans and is guaranteed to be a fresh way to introduce agriculture into your curriculum. Click here for Octobers Registration Menu

How it Works

  • Each month educators will place their order for the following month to identify what lesson they would like to feature in their classroom.
  • Teachers who have participated in the past will receive an e-mail when the new menu has been posted.
  • All orders for the following month are due on the 15th of the current month.
  • Included in each order is the complete, hands-on lesson plan and all of the materials to complete the lesson.
  • The lesson and materials will be organized in stylish boxes and delivered to your school on the 3rd of each month.
  • Boxes will be picked up on the 28th of each month to be refilled for the next month.


All menu orders must be placed by the 15th of every month to receive your Agriculture in the Classroom lesson box. Boxes will be dropped off on the 3rd of the following month.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Outreach Visits

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County is also pleased to offer and provide in class visits to school classrooms to enhance lesson plans by providing outside resources and knowledge of the agricultural arena. You will see a selection of these opportunities listed in your monthly menu.

End of Year Celebration

Educators who complete six out of the eight months will receive an agriculture-themed celebration for their classroom!

Additional Information


Robert Bucci
4-H Animal & Plant Science Educator
(315) 376-5270

Last updated September 6, 2019