Each year, NYAITC and New York Farm Bureau sponsor an opportunity for Pre-K through middle school students across the state to discover more about where food comes from and why agriculture is important. The contest is divided by grade level, and each level has a specific topic to create a piece of art, poem, or narrative related to an aspect of agriculture. There were over 1,000 entries in the 2012 contest. All awardees receive a Certificate of Recognition, and the first place winners are awarded $25 to invest in their education or an agricultural product or experience.
Congratulations to the all the award winners! We wish we could feature all of them!
New York Agriculture Poem
Students in 4th grade are asked to compose a poem. The poem can be general or specific, and it can focus on one of the over 200 agricultural commodities produced in New York, a specific farm or farmer, or an aspect of the food system. Jesse Fisher of Cattaraugus-Little Valley Intermediate won the division with her poem entitled “Farmers”. A section of her poem reads:
“Farmers collect sap,
Out of a maple tap.
A farmer ends their day
By giving thanks to pray.”
Leah Pasqualetti of South Davis Elementary wrote the second place poem entitled “Three Cheers for Agriculture”. A section of her poem reads:
“We’re thankful for farmers who plant fruits and vegetables to eat,
And others who raise livestock for poultry, pork, and beef meat.
Agriculture is much more than just food,
It’s also about fibers for clothing to fit every mood.
In the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring,
Three cheers for the farmers who do their thing!”
New York Agriculture Essay
Liam Sayward, a homeschooled 5th grade student received 1st place in his category for his original narrative he wrote. The students were asked to write an informative narrative, real or imagined, that utilized research and information from a variety of sources to develop their topic or stories. Liam’s winning story is entitled, “The Lamb’s Amazing Recovery”, and a section of his story reads:
“I noticed the first lamb had droopy ear. Her mouth was cold. This meant she probably was suffering from hypothermia. Her body temperature was lower than it was supposed to be. The book says 102-103 degrees F. I gave her an enema, very warm soapy water injected into her anus, to clear the meconium out of her body to warm her up. Then my mom helped me tube feed the little ewe lamb colostrum. But it did not warm her up. The lamb stayed cold and she started to go downhill. I gave her two more enemas. The second one failed, but the third one worked. Lots of black gooey meconium squirted out. I brought her inside the house and turned the oven on to 150 degrees F.”
1st Place Poster
Students in 6th grade were asked to create a poster that celebrates New York farms or farmers, using a media of their choice. Hunter Newland of Pioneer Middle School created the 1st place poster.