Last week, the Fruit Trees for Community spotlight shone on the growing-and-learning center Little Garden Schoolhouse. This week, we’re beaming on more brilliant young minds with their hands in the earth: the Future Farmers of America at Westwood High School in Mesa.
FFA is a career and technical student organization. Strengthening agriculture and building communities are at the core of Westwood FFA’s goals; high schoolers complete projects and host events focused on agriculture advocacy, personal growth, citizenship, and economic development.
Students in the Westwood FFA chapter are benefiting from a wide variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom. Students gain horticultural and entrepreneurial experience by planting, cultivating, and selling poinsettias; they’re developing their green thumbs in the school’s raised garden beds, and starting an egg production facility with chicken hatchlings.
The FFA organization itself has come a long way from its inception in 1928. Today, the Future Farmers of America include future entrepreneurs, engineers, chemists, and biologists; this is certainly embodied by the Westwood FFA.
Future Farmers of America is the largest career and technical student organization in the country, and their mission is profound:
To make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
At FT4C, we know one way to make a positive difference: by donating fruit trees. What better way to appreciate our Future Farmers than to provide them with shade, beauty, and delicious fruit?
If you’d like to order fruit and nuts trees for your yard and donate trees at no extra cost, browse the FT4C website.
To learn more about Westwood FFA and take a look at their upcoming events, visit the Westwood FFA website.