Last week, Emily Chittenden from Dutch Hollow Farm, Schodack Landing, N.Y., hosted a live Adopt a Cow Chat as part of ADA North East’s partnership with the Center for Dairy Excellence’s “Discover Dairy” education programs.

Through immersive, hands-on learning activities and free curriculum provided by Discover Dairy, the educational series that ADA North East and other dairy checkoff state and regional groups support, the students gain a deeper understanding of the dairy industry and where their food comes from.

Several of the lessons in the curriculum follow Common CORE standards in math, reading and science. After registering last fall, teachers received an introductory update with details about their calf. Classrooms will receive bi-monthly updates, including suggestions on components of Discover Dairy curriculum that teachers can incorporate into virtual or in-person lesson plans.