Taking a bite into a freshly dug carrot, the child looks up and beams “wow!” A parent stood by and quietly confided “I didn’t know they could taste this good.” This was just some of the conversation that occurred at a recent school tour of Canticle Farm in Allegany. Children were inquisitive, peppering the farm staff with questions about where eggs come from, how meat is made, and what is Swiss chard.
Canticle Farm will be one of the local farms toured during an upcoming agricultural literacy academy offered to area teachers June 25 and 26 in Allegany. During the unique two-day program, teachers will be able to explore how local food is grown and raised, finding answers for curious children. Teachers will learn how to connect what they currently teach to gardens and local food systems.
The core of the program is the Food, Land & People curriculum. This K-12 program complements existing agricultural, environmental and natural resource conservation education programs. The program was developed in 1988 to provide educators with high quality, balanced and easily integrated classroom materials that deal with the complexity and interdependence of natural resources and people.
The farm tours, speakers, and additional teaching resources wrap around the concepts introduced in Food, Land and People giving teachers a rewarding and enriching learning experience. Teachers will also receive 18 hours of professional development credit.
The program will be held Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. and Friday June 26, 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. at the ReHabilitation Center, 3799 South Nine Mile Road Allegany NY. The program is open to teachers in New York State.
The program fee is $30 and covers materials and lunches. There are seven $100 teacher scholarships available to help teachers offset expenses. Interested participants should register and/or apply for scholarships online at http://www.agclassroom.org/ny/programs/literacy_academy.htm . The registration deadline is June 15.
The Agricultural Literacy Academy is being offered through a cooperative effort of Allegany-Cattaraugus Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York Agriculture in the Classroom, and Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board, Local Foods Project.
For more information, please visit www.freshlocalwny.org or contact Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board at (716) 945-5301 ext. 2206. FreshLocalWNY is a program of Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board designed to link consumers with their local farmers markets, farmers, and food producers.