State Reports

State Summary 2015 — 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 2015 Educator Resource Guide and Companion Resources (Weaving the Rainbow felted marble lesson)

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

Carried out a USDA Farm to School Conferences grant in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and NY Farm Bureau. Hosted four regional two-day workshops that include curriculum training, guest presenters, and farm tours.

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

Selected as a pilot state for the Tractor Supply Company school garden grants.

We held our 10th annual Agricultural Literacy Week event in 2015. This years project reached 52,000 second grade students across New York State with over 1,200 volunteer readers in 2700 classrooms.

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 New York State Agricultural Society Annual Meeting,the New York State Fair, presented at the New York State Elementary Classroom Teacher's Association 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.

52,000 elementary age students received instruction during our Agricultural Literacy Week Program.

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

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

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


Katie Bigness 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. Katie continues work on her Master of Science Degree at the University of Arkansas in Agricultural and Extension Education. She actively serves as the Vice President of the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association, Secretary of the New York State Agricultural Society, and serves as the advisor of the Cornell University Collegiate Farm Bureau.