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October 17, 2008 - 12:45pm

Agriculture in the Classroom

From the Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Food, Land & People (FLP) is a nonprofit organization committed to helping people of all ages better understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment, and people of the world.  Food, Land & People’s science-and social-science-based curriculum, “Resources for Learning”, currently serves Pre-K to 12th grade students throughout the United States. The curriculum consists of 55 hands-on lessons, developed and tested be more than a thousand educators.  The subjects range from environmental science and stewardship to human populations and land use issues.  Twenty of the lessons are available in Spanish.  FLP’s mission is to develop citizens literate about the relationships between agriculture, the environment, and human populations.
 
There will be an educator training on November 1, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14218.  Phone: 716-827-1584, Website: www.buffalogardens.com .  Attendees will  receive Food, Land and Peoples Resources for Learning CD-Rom (includes 55 lessons), Various NY Ag in the Classroom Materials including lessons plans, book lists, brochures, and more. Four hours of professional development credits and a participation certificate are included in a fun-filled day at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens (including lunch and tour of the gardens).
 
If you are interested in attending this workshop contact New Your State Agriculture in the Classroom, 106 Kennedy Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853; call 1-607-255-9253; Fax: 607-255-7905; or e-mail: [email protected].  You can also check out the Ag in the Classroom website at: wwwnyaged.org/aitc.
 
As of December 31, 2006, 30,292 educators have been trained to use Food, Land & People’s lessons in twenty-seven states.  It is estimated that they have reached over 6.5 million students since 1998. New York Agriculture in the Classroom is the state affiliate agency for Food, Land, and People in New York.  They have aligned the 55 lessons with New York State Learning Standards in all curriculum areas. 
 
If you are interested in using Resources for Learning, or would like to learn more about it, contact Barb at 343-3040 ext. 122, visit the Cooperative Extension website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu or stop by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County office at 420 E. Main Street in Batavia.

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