Archive for the ‘Helping Communities Grow’ Category

FFA Friday: Arizona

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Each year, Nutrients for Life encourages FFA chapters to educate their communities about nutrients and soil science through the Helping Communities Grow chapter recognition program. Projects are developed based on our free curriculum, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow 2012-2013 Winners and Project Summaries

Friday, January 17th, 2014
  The Helping Communities Grow outreach program is administered by the Nutrients for Life Foundation and is offered to FFA chapters. The Helping Communities Grow award program encourages FFA members to teach others about the importance of fertilizer and the role that it plays in one of two categories:  1) providing a safe and nourishing food supply; or 2) keeping the Earth green. In 2013, seventy-four FFA chapters were awarded for creating hands-on innovative programs to educate and engage their community on plant nutrition, fertilizer, soil science and crop related agricultural issues and the positive and critical role they play in food production. The top three chapters in each state and in the At-Large category received monetary awards of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000 for first, second and third place. All other participants were awarded $500. “I am so impressed with the quality of projects we received in our Helping Communities Grow FFA chapter recognition program,” said Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “It gives us great honor to award these checks to such deserving students. Not only did they educate fellow students and their communities about the important value of fertilizer, they expanded their leadership ability, communication skills and knowledge base during the year-long projects.”     At-Large First Place: Plateau Valley FFA, Colorado The Plateau Valley FFA members conducted an experiment on lettuce by studying how different types and rates of fertilizers effect plant growth. As a result, they learned soil type and quality had a large influence on their ability to grow the lettuce. Their experiment was conducted on growing stands they constructed out of wood and PVC pipe.  FFA members reported that the most rewarding part of the project was serving lettuce to community members at their annual FFA banquet and knowing it was FFA…

School Garden Spotlight: John Cole

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
John Cole heard about the Helping Communities Grow program for FFA chapters and thought, "my students would enjoy that."  Little did he know, deciding to participate in the competition would lead to reconnecting with a classmate from over 40 years ago and so, so much more.   (more…)

Blue and Gold and the Future of Agriculture

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
For 85 years, FFA members from across the nation gather for a national convention. This year 55,000 members and guests, including myself, attended the convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout downtown Indy, there was a sea of blue and gold corduroy jackets, excitement and adrenaline, as FFA members competed in career development events, received awards and motivated by the National FFA officers and speakers. It was easy to get swept up by the passion and energy of the convention. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Informational Webinar

Friday, October 5th, 2012
ATTN: FFA Advisors and Chapter Presidents Want to learn more information about Nutrients for Life’s Helping Communities Grow program? Tune in to our informational webinar! Monday, October 22, 2012 Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time – OR – Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: West Liberty FFA

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Written 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. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Colfax FFA

Friday, September 7th, 2012
Written 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. Colfax FFA excelled in this year’s “Helping Communities Grow” recognition program and won first prize in the state of Washington.  The members of Colfax FFA taught grade school and high school students about the nitrogen cycle and its role in agriculture.  Students rotated through 11-13 minute lessons that offered the chance to “interact” with the nitrogen cycle.  Each station was designed to focus on the overarching idea of the nitrogen cycle while focusing on increasing food production, conserving land, and decreasing pollutants. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Norco FFA

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Written 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. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Ft. White FFA

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Written 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. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Pettisville FFA

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
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 http://www.nutrientsforlife.org/students/helping-grow. In this year’s Helping Communities Grow program, Ohio was lucky enough to have two first place winners. Ohio’s Pettisville FFA and Ridgemont FFA displayed such spectacular projects that judges chose to award two first place winners. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Ridgemont FFA

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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 http://www.nutrientsforlife.org/students/helping-grow. 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. (more…)