State Reports

State Summary 2017 — New York

State Contact

Ms. Katie Carpenter
New York Agriculture in the Classroom
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
P: 607-255-9253, Option 6

Classroom Resources

Agricultural Literacy Week 2017 Educator Resource Guide and Companion Resources (The Grapes Grow Sweet, Grape Juice Compare/Contrast 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 registered, received 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. 103 classrooms registered, and 55 submissions were judged.

A Top Cut: Beef Contest was launched in partnership with the New York Beef Council. 40 classrooms registered to submit a marketing plan to include: Description of their creative beef-centric product, cost-analysis, market research, beef nutrition, and advertisements including commercials, podcasts, websites, social media presence, and more. Winners receive $250 and a catered lunch by the NY Beef Council. All registered classrooms received the True Beef DVD and paired curriculum.

In the Spring of 2017, we paired with the NY Beef Council on their four Meat Your Beef Tours. Originally designed for dietitians and chefs, teachers joined before the tour to receive curriculum training and resources, and then participated in the beef tour with the other participants. They toured a farm, taste tested grain- and grass-fed beef, and learned about ranching in South Dakota. 50 teachers participated.

Launched the new Grow with Us Grant program for schools to apply to earn one of four indoor grow systems to extend the school gardening season. NYAITC is investing $50,000 in the grant program.

We held our 13th annual Agricultural Literacy Week event. This years project reached 56,000 second grade students across New York State with over 1,400 volunteer readers in 2800 classrooms. We read The Grapes Grow Sweet, and all 56,000 students compared and contrasted the differences between white and purple grape juice, and learned about Concord and Niagara grapes.

Five schools were award a Kids Growing Food Mini Grant to start or continue their school gardening programs.

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 350 students within the state. Winners from Pre-K through 6 were displayed at the NYS Fair.

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

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

50 teachers participated in the Meat Your Beef Tour and Educator Training co-sponsored with the NY Beef Council.

103 classrooms registered for the Schoolyard Sugaring Maple Contest, with lessons, books, and experiences impacting 3,010 students. 85 maple producers paired with classrooms.

39 classrooms registered for the Top Cut: Beef Contest, with lessons and resources impacting 2,100 students.

Over 575 grants have been awarded since 1998 to start and develop school food gardens through our Kids Growing Food program. 5 grants were awarded in 2017 to schools throughout the state. These 5 grants will impact over 5000 students with direct experience growing food at school.

56,000 elementary age students received instruction during our Agricultural Literacy Week Program.

175 educators were trained in Agriculture in the Classroom lessons.

355 students entered our I Love NY Agriculture Art and Writing Contest.

4 teachers were nominated for the NYAITC Teacher of the Year Award.


Katie Carpenter joined Cornell University's Agriculture Outreach and Education team as Director of 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.