BROOME CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County received the Ag Promotion Award from the New York State Agricultural Society on January 12th, 2023, at the NYS Agricultural Society Forum. This award recognized CCE-BC’s Ag in the Classroom program for growing awareness and understanding about agriculture for our youngest consumers in their county-wide project.
Cornell Cooperative Extension educators work with 14 participating school districts to develop an individualized curriculum and implementation plan to bring agriculture concepts into the classrooms in connection with the educational goals.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension Ag program covers a range of educational topics including exploring food, nutrition, natural resources, conservation, farming, consumer choices, stewardship, human populations and land use issues. Educators prepare the lessons, provide the supplies, and deliver interactive hands-on lessons that promote awareness and critical thinking to spark an interest in agricultural careers. In 2021-2022 school year, over 6,300 students participated in Agriculture programming among the 14 participating school districts.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension team is made up of three elementary school educators and one middle school educator. The three elementary educators travel to three different counties teaching all about agriculture with hands on activities, animals, and foods being brought into the classroom. The middle school educator works with only one school in the county where they teach 3 semesters of Introduction to Agriculture. This class is more in-depth and takes a larger look at agriculture.
The program partners include Broome- Tioga BOCES, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and the following school districts: Maine-Endwell, Marathon, Union-Endicott, Harpursville, Windsor, Owego-Apalachin, Chenango Valley, Chenango Forks, Susquehanna Valley, Vestal, Deposit, Whitney Point and Johnson City.
Cornell Cooperative Extension- Broome County is committed to growing tomorrow’s leaders through positive youth development and creating workforce pipelines into the NYS Food Systems.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County