Agriculture Literacy Week - 2014

Who Grew My Soup?


March 17-21 is Agricultural Literacy Week in New York State. The signature book for 2014 is Who Grew My Soup? written by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C.F. Payne. In this delightful book, Phineas Quinn questions the vegetable soup his mom serves for lunch. He refuses to slurp a single spoonful until he knows who grew each of the vegetables. Much to his surprise, a man in a flying tomato balloon shows up to answer his questions. Phinneas joins the magical Mr. Mattoo as they fly from farm to farm, learning about the amazing vegetables, and meeting the farmers who grow them.

These resources were created in partnership with New York Agriculture in the Classroom and were designed for use by teachers with students in grades K-4 to help increase the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of New York State agriculture. (Photo and soup recipe courtesy of Nava Atlas and

The materials include 7 features, and a set of graphic organizers in PDF format.

New York News Publishers Association member newspapers are welcome to incorporate these materials into their NIE program free of charge. All other users are informed that these materials are available for nonprofit educational research/teaching/scholarship purposes only. Anyone is welcome to share these materials by adding a link to your own website(s), although full framing is not allowed. Permission for printing multiple copies must be obtained from NYNPA. Copyright is held by the New York News Publishers Association.

A special thank you to Jan and Carey Cook from who assisted with the word search and crossword puzzle in these features!

Features and Graphic Organizers

Intro to NYS Agriculture KWL - Know, Want to Know, Learned
Meet Farmer Dani Baker Interview a Farmer
Meet Farmer Chris Cashen Know Your Vegetables
Meet Farmer Chad Amsler NYS Agriculture is Big Business
Fresh Vegetable Soup Recipe Word or Expressions
Vegetable Soup Word Search Step-by-Step Comics Recipe
A "Souper" Veggie Crossword Agriculture Poem


Click here to download all seven features and here to download the complete set of graphic organizers with an additional list of web resources and answer keys for word search and crossword.

If you would like to access the NIE Ag Literacy Week 2011 content on Poultry, click here or the 2013 content on Bees, Pollination and Honey, click here.

For more about NYS Agriculture in the Classroom go to

For more agriculture education info & materials go to the National Association of Agricultural Educators' website at


If you have any questions about this project or for more information about Newspaper In Education programs contact Mary Miller via email or call 518-449-1667.


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