Altmar Celebrates Ag Literacy Week

<p>Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Literacy Volunteer Irene Godfrey shares the book “Seed, Soil, Sun” by author Cris Peterson with students in Denise Warchol’s class at Altmar Elementary School. Godfrey’s visit was part of the school’s celebration of Ag Literacy Week and a nationwide educational outreach effort to raise awareness, understanding and an appreciation for agriculture and the production of food. During her visit Godfrey helped each student start a bean seedling using a small plastic bag and a damp cotton ball and asked them to observe each seed over the next several days and track when each seed germinates.</p>
Altmar Elementary School in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County for Ag Literacy Week and an opportunity foster the students’ overall awareness, understanding, and appreciation for agriculture. Agriculture Literacy Volunteer Irene Godfrey visited second and third grade classes at the school where she talked about the cycle of farming and food production and shared the book “Seed, Soil, Sun” by dairy farmer Cris Peterson. She gave each student a “My Bean Baby” booklet and helped them start their very own bean seedling using a damp cotton ball and a small plastic bag. Third grader Kaliyah Scott, above, gets a little help from Godfrey in starting a pinto bean seedling and will use the baby booklet to track her observations and the date that her bean seed sprouts.