State Reports

State Summary 2016 — New York

State Contact

Ms. Katie Carpenter
New York Agriculture in the Classroom
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
P: 518.480.1978

Classroom Resources

Agricultural Literacy Week 2016 Educator Resource Guide and Companion Resources (The Apple Orchard Riddle Apple Oxidation Lesson)

Exploring Maple Syrup lesson

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

NYAITC launched a Schoolyard Sugaring Maple Syrup Contest. Classrooms in grades Pre-K through 12 can register to participate, and will receive a book, lessons, and an empty pint jug with instructions to fill with their syrup and send it back to be judged by a panel of experts. Winning classrooms will receive $250.

We held our 12th annual Agricultural Literacy Week event in 2016. This years project reached 53,000 second grade students across New York State with over 1,300 volunteer readers in 2700 classrooms. We read The Apple Orchard Riddle, and all 53,000 students created an apple oxidation experiment and observed and reported the results.

Five new Kids Growing Food (KGF) Mini Grants were awarded to establish or help sustain school food gardens through our mini-grant program.

Conducted the annual I Love NY Agriculture Art & Writing Contest in partnership with New York Farm Bureau, which provided agriculture literacy and awareness to over 300 students within the state.

NYAITC was present at many events around the state and northeast region including the New York State Agricultural Society Annual Meeting, the Syracuse Food Justice Symposium, the New York State Fair, presented at the New York Association of Agricultural Educators Conference, and more.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Over 500 grants have been awarded since 1998 to start and develop school food gardens through our Kids Growing Food program. 5 grants were awarded in 2015 to schools throughout the state. These 5 grants will impact over 5000 students with direct experience growing food at school.

53,000 elementary age students received instruction during our Agricultural Literacy Week Program.

230 educators were trained on the Food, Land and People Curriculum

309 students entered our I Love NY Agriculture Art and Writing Contest

5 teachers were nominated for the NYAITC Teacher of the Year Award


Katie Carpenter joined Cornell University Agriculture Outreach and Education as the coordinator of the New York Agriculture in the Classroom program in May of 2012.

Katie grew up in Northern New York and attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill receiving a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Agricultural Business Management. She actively serves as Secretary of the New York State Agricultural Society, coordinates the Ambassador program for the NYS Agricultural Society, and serves as the Eastern Region Representative for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization.