Where does honey come from? What is a beekeeper? What does honey taste like? These questions and more were answered when staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) visited second-grade classrooms in all four elementary buildings this month, focusing on bees.
First, CCE staff read the book, “The Beeman,” and then students where bees live, how they get there, who takes care of them and the tools used to collect honey without getting stung.
Then, students had the chance to sample two kinds of honey; one from spring flowers and one from fall flowers, each with a distinctive taste and smell. As a special treat, each student received a honey stick.
From raising goats, growing fruits and vegetables, and making everything from pumpkin in a cup to salsa, students get a direct, hands-on experience about the living world around us with the Ag in the Classroom program. Each month staff visit with classes, focusing on a specific area of agriculture. Ag in the Classroom is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Broome-Tioga BOCES, Senator Fred Akshar and New York Agriculture in the Classroom.