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The Times
  • LF students take part in Agricultural Literacy Week

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  • LITTLE FALLS — The eighth annual New York Agricultural Literacy Week was celebrated with Benton Hall Academy’s second grade recently.
    The question asked throughout New York state schools was “Who Grew My Soup?” The question was answered by Little Falls High School parenting class students, under the direction of Elizabeth Mosher, family and consumer science teacher, as they read the story of Phineas Quinn to the students. The high school students also explained the five major food groups on My Plate and did an activity with the second grade students where they had to identify the food groups and give examples of corresponding foods. The book, “Who Grew My Soup?,” was donated to the Benton Hall Academy library enabling the second grade students to take the book home to share the story with their families.
    It is hoped the book and activity sparked the inquiry in student’s minds to explore and meet the agricultural producers who grew their favorite food. Nutrition begins on the farm, and strong connections with farmers help to inspire healthy lifestyle choices. One out of every five students will enter into agricultural related fields, with 20 percent of the American workforce engaged in a form of agriculture. New York Agriculture in the Classroom strives to create the next generation of agriculturally literate students and informed consumers.
    New York Agriculture in the Classroom is a partnership of Cornell University, the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, state Education Department and New York Farm Bureau. The program works with cooperative extension educators, teachers, Farm Bureau members and others throughout the state to foster an awareness, understanding and appreciation of agriculture and the total food and fiber system.

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