Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Ridgemont FFA

July 12, 2012 | 10:07 am

By Emily Stubbs

Attention FFA advisors and students: Your chapter could win up to $5,000 through the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s Helping Communities Grow chapter program.  To find out more information, visit

Ridgemont FFA is one of two Ohio FFA chapters to tie for first place in the third annual “Helping Communities Grow” recognition program. Ridgemont FFA planned and executed numerous activities to spread the message of the importance of fertilizer in a rapidly growing world.

One activity they completed was educating youth about the agricultural products that impact their daily lives. The Nutrients for Life Foundation curriculum they taught enhanced the quality of their lessons in connection with the Ohio Department of Education’s Math, English, and Social Studies academic indicators. The Ridgemont FFA members networked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN) in order to better understand global food insecurity and how youth can make a difference. Their Skype conference concluded with the Ridgemont FFA and UN collaborating on ways they could work together on global projects in the future. Through this collaboration, their chapter began to create a project to bring schools from around the country together by using online tools, such as Facebook. The Ridgemont FFA chapter also started a Backpack Buddy program to help thirty food insecure families. As participants in the program, the elementary school students received groceries weekly, were taught about container gardening and Earth Boxes, and then distributed Earth boxes to each family in need.

The projects mentioned just scrape the surface of activities Ridgemont FFA members have completed. The number of people they have reached through their hard work will continue to skyrocket as they develop new ways to help their community, country, and world. Congratulations, Ridgemont FFA, for winning first place and receiving a $5,000 prize!

Read more about our first place winners of the Helping Communities Grow program:

Norco FFA – California

Ft. White FFA – Florida

Hansen FFA – Idaho

West Liberty FFA – Iowa

Pettisville FFA – Ohio

Ridgemont FFA – Ohio

Colfax FFA – Washington

FFA Winners in the Helping Communities Grow program

To find out more information or download the application, visit