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Ag in the Classroom

Ag in the Classroom Lewis County

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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 district. 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.

How it Works

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.

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 from the school 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 at elementary schools 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!


NY Ag Literacy Week: March 16-20, 2020

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 16 to 20, 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.

The selected book for 2020 is "Right This Very Minute" written by by Lisl H. Detlefsen with art by Renée Kurilla.

We are often hungry "right this very minute" throughout the day for breakfast, or lunch, or a snack. But do you we ever think about what farmers are doing "right this very minute" to ensure we have safe, nutritious and delicious foods when we want them?

Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming connects the foods we find ourselves wanting during the course of a day to the work farmers are doing every day to grow, raise and produce our food. This book will take students on an explorative journey to trace the food on their plate back to its source- the farmer. The book highlights the story of agriculture with vivid illustrations and a community-centric story line. 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.

Contributing nearly $2.4 billion to the state gross domestic product and covering approximately 7.3 million acres, agriculture is vital to New York State. The New York Agriculture in the Classroom Program is excited to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York's agriculture while also focusing on food production and how consumers contribute to agriculture.


Volunteers will visit local elementary schools during Ag Literacy Week to read and talk to children about New York's agriculture industry. At the conclusion of the day's activities, the book will be donated to the school library for students and teachers to use throughout the school year. 2nd grade teachers and volunteers who are interested in participating in NY Ag Literacy Week should call or email the contact for this page. Visit the New York State Ag in the Classroom website to learn more about statewide activities and to learn about agriculture-themed books that have been featured in other years.


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

Last updated February 10, 2020