Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sugarbush Spring chosen by NY Ag in the Classroom

The NY Ag in the Classroom book committee is thrilled to announce "Sugarbush Spring"by Marsha Wilson with illustrations by Jim Daly as the selection for Ag Literacy Day to be held April 8th, 2008.

Chall's timeless storyand Daly's glowing paintings invite children to share in the pleasureof making maple syrup, a process that is the same today as it was twohundred years ago. The book should be well received. With good teamwork among NYAITC, NYSMPA, NY Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension,Agway Foundation, volunteer readers, and teachers; the 2008 effort is expected to surpass last year's success.

In 2007 more than 1150 books were distributed and over 35,000 students across the state heard the Lily's story in"Lily's Garden" by Deborah Kogan Ray.

Maple Weekend 2008 New York State

Saturday and Sunday, March 29-3010am-4pm
Save the date! Approximately 110 maple producers from across New York State (more than 40 in Western New York) will open their sugarhouses to allow visitors to see how maple syrup and other maple products are made. Come see all aspects of maple making, from the tapping of the trees to get the sap, to the boiling of the sap into syrup. Some producers will also demonstrate the making of maple syrup into other products including maple cream, maple cotton candy and maple sugar. Most sugarhouses will allow people to sample the products.A map and listing of participating producers will be available soon.