Oneida County Farm Bureau marks Agriculture Literacy Week


Each year, classrooms and libraries across the state highlight agriculture with Agricultural Literacy Week.

Now in its 18th year, Agricultural Literacy Week, which was celebrated March 21-25 this year, helps children in kindergarten through third grade have an awareness of where their food comes from by introducing them to a pre-selected agriculture themed book that is read to classrooms.  

Volunteers brought this message to children throughout Oneida County, introducing many to the importance of agriculture by reading this year’s book, “Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.”

Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin, the story introduces Will Allen, who is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage, or a basketball, in one hand.

But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. No space, no problem. Poor soil, there’s a solution. Need help, found it.

Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems with the story showcasing the unique diversity of agricultural operations especially applicable to New York’s combination of rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. 

Agriculture is a unifying factor for communities all over. Whether you have 100 acres or a rooftop, there are opportunities for growing food and sharing the journey from soil to table with those around, as illustrated in Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, according to the announcement by the Oneida County Farm Bureau. This book will take students on an explorative journey as they learn about community gardens and inspire them to build communities through food, even if they only have a pot on their porch to cultivate, the bureau adds.

The Oneida County Farm Bureau was able to purchase the books that were read to students which were then distributed throughout classrooms and school libraries. In addition, copies were purchased to be distributed to 21 public libraries in Oneida County so that all can experience and join in Will Allen’s optimism and determination to bring good food to every table. 


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