Agriculture Literacy 2013

The Peconic Institute has become a partner for New York Agriculture in the Classroom’s 2013 Agriculture Literacy Week!

Join us as we bring this important program into elementary classrooms across eastern Long Island. 


New York Agriculture in the Classroom utilizes New York Ag Literacy Week to help support its mission of fostering awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and the food and fiber system. During the week of March 18th-22nd (National Ag Week), volunteers throughout the state will go into classrooms to read a book with an agricultural theme, lead an activity based on the book, and talk to students about agriculture.

The book will be donated to the school library with a special bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Agriculture Literacy Week.


The signature book for 2013 is The Beeman written by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis. In this delightful book, Krebs and Cis use rhyming text and colorful illustrations to show all of the aspects of beekeeping. A young boy tells the story of how his grandfather produces honey, from the clothing he wears and the equipment he uses to the honey extraction process.

For the first time, New York Agriculture in the Classroom has selected a second Ag Literacy Week book, chosen specifically with our urban partners and teachers in mind, with the intention of choosing a title and topic to create agricultural awareness within their students’ own unique environment.

BEE2The designated urban book for 2013 is The Honeybee Man written by Lela Nargi and Kyrsten Brooker. Nargi and Brooker tell the story of an urban beekeeper in Brooklyn, NY named Fred, who keeps his hive on his rooftop, extracts the honey in his kitchen, then shares the jars with his neighbors who are amazed by the process and that the honey was produced by the flowers from their own backyard.



Partners, Sponsors, and Book Donors 

  • Partner organizations will help publicize the event, provide local coordination, and/or recruit readers.
  • A sponsor might provide materials, funding for books, or product donations.
  • To donate a book,or to become a partner or sponsor, please  click here to download the form or contact

Teachers and Readers 

Local, County, and State Coordinators

  • LOCAL: To become involved in the Peconic Region as a participating school, reader, or book sponsor, please contact the Peconic Region Partner Deborah Klughers by email;
  • COUNTY: Each county has a designated coordinator(s) that promotes the event, recruits readers, handles books, and provides communication between schools and readers. The Suffolk County Coordinator is Allison Grief. Email or call (631) 852-4607 for more information.
  • STATE: If you would like to help with state-level planning or publicity for New York Agriculture In The Classroom, please contact Katie Bigness by email or phone (607) 255-9253.