Harvesting Learning in the Classroom

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In observance of New York Agricultural Literacy Week, held March 20-24, second-graders at Parkway and Meadowbrook elementary schools received a visit from Laurie Murdoch, a volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension, for a lesson on agriculture. 

Murdoch read “The Grapes Grow Sweet” by Lynne Tuft, a story about a young boy named Julian who is old enough to take part in the grape harvest on his family’s farm. The story provides a glimpse of what it’s like to grow up in a vineyard and explains the process of growing grapes. 

Following, students asked questions about harvesting grapes, working in a vineyard and how they can grow fruits and vegetables in their own backyards. In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension donated a copy of the book to each school’s library for student use.