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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — 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 2019 Educator Resource Guide and Companion Resources (ON the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas; Lesson: Our Classroom Farmers Market)

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

52 teachers participated in the Meat Your Beef Tour and Educator Training co-sponsored with the NY Beef Council. 102 classrooms registered for the Schoolyard Sugaring Maple Contest, with lessons, books, and experiences impacting 3,060 students. 75 maple producers paired with classrooms as mentors. 80% of registered schools returned their syrup samples for judging. 47 classrooms registered for the Top Cut: Beef Contest, with lessons and resources impacting 2,500 students. 21 schools received funding to receive an indoor grow system to extend the school gardening season. 11 of the 21 schools were from urban areas. Over 3,500 students will be impacted by the grow systems in their schools. 75,000 elementary age students received instruction during our Agricultural Literacy Week Program, in over 3,200 classrooms. 25 teachers attended the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas through a scholarship opportunity. $12,000 was invested in the Agricultural Literacy Grants, supporting 14 creative projects. 600 educators were trained in Agriculture in the Classroom lessons. 3 Virtual Field Trips was held with over 75 classrooms participating, equaling 1,100 students. 25 New York teachers were selected for the STEM On the Farm experience held in New York by American Farm Bureau for a 3 day professional development event. 8 Cornell Cooperative Extension offices each received a $5,000 grant to grow their county Agriculture in the Classroom programs. Over 50,000 youth were impacted by this investment.


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, serves as the Eastern Region Representative for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, and is a Class 17 graduate of the Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute (LEAD NY).