Left Photo: Junior FFA member Justin Williams teaches students about goats that are brought in from his family’s farm. Right photo: Webberville sophomore Dana Gorski teaches elementary students about nursery practices in small gardens and large greenhouses.
By Paige Lupcke
Students and community members alike get AG-cited about Webberville FFA’s AGstravaganza event. With 15 stations organized and taught by FFA members, participants learn where their food, fuel and fiber all come from.
The event earned the school’s FFA Chapter a #SpeakAgricultureMichigan award, presented by Michigan Farm Bureau with financial support from the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture.
“Participating in our annual AGstravaganza has opened my eyes to many opportunities in the beef and dairy industry,” said Webberville senior and FFA Chapter Reporter Zoe Hodge. “Growing up I was very active on our family farm, pulling calves and showing cattle at the fair.
“Agstravaganza showed me how I can use that experience to raise awareness about agriculture. It made me want to go to college and major in beef management, so I can teach others and someday run my own beef farm.”
The Webberville FFA has a strong support system for the event. Alumni and parents — many of them also Farm Bureau members — provide animals for stations and help chaperone. The Webberville Garden Club helps run the greenhouse and educates members about the food products raised under glass, much of which stocks local food banks. The high school journalism staff publicizes the event in the local newspaper and on social media.
#SpeakAgMichigan is awarded to FFA chapters engaged in agricultural education and outreach activities in their communities. Winning chapters set clear goals and worked with partnering organizations and teachers to deliver dynamic learning experiences for youth and adults. The 2020 #SpeakAgMichigan application deadline is December 1, 2020.
Paige Lupcke is an intern in Michigan Farm Bureau’s Center for Education and Leadership Development.
The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)(3) governed by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, positively contributes to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.