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Agricultural Literacy Week, March 14-18

Volunteers read to thousands of youth, bring agriculture into the classroom

Over 1,000 community members around the state will be volunteering to read The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara to kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms. (woodleywonderworks, Flickr/Creative Commons)

MILLBROOK, N.Y. — The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) 4-H Youth Development Program will be participating in the New York Agriculture in the Classroom’s eleventh annual New York Agricultural Literacy Week to be held March 14-18.

2016 Ag in the Classroom Book
2016 Ag in the Classroom Book

Over 1,000 community members around the state will be volunteering to read The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara to kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms. This fun and exciting story shares the journey of Mr. Tiffin’s class on a field trip to an apple orchard. The students learn about every aspect of the farm, including how apples are harvested, the process of making cider, and the many different varieties of apples.

This year, approximately 2300 youth in 115 classrooms and public libraries across Dutchess County will get to experience this real life application of agriculture in the classroom! The books were generously donated by the Dutchess County Dairy Committee and the Dutchess-Putnam-Westchester Farm Bureau. After the reading, the volunteer readers will be bringing the book to life through an experiment with apples provided by the Hudson River Fruit Distributors of Milton, New York.

For more information on the “Ag in the Classroom” program or any 4-H Youth Development Programming, please contact Cassie Messina, 4-H Community Educator at (845)-677-8223 ext. 108, or at cmm473@cornell.edu.

—Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

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