VFC Supports Future Organic Farmers
This past spring, the Wisconsin Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation awarded $26,780 in Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grants to a total of 48 Wisconsin FFA student-members. Through the SAE Program, students apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world challenges and work experiences.
The 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grants were awarded in five categories: dairy, grain production, livestock, organic agriculture, and start-up. Successful candidates were chosen based on the level and scope of their SAE in accordance with their age, future goals and plans for the program, as well as financial need.
For the third year in a row, Organic Valley and the Viroqua Food Co+op sponsored the Organic Agriculture SAE Grant. Jessica Bahr (pictured above), a sophomore at Randolph High School and member of the Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA, was awarded the $500 grant to grow organic vegetables and sell them through a farm stand run by a local farmer.
“This grant will push me to fully learn and understand the benefits and values of organic agriculture,” said Jessica Bahr. “I want to thank the Viroqua Food Co+op for the support they give FFA members with their sponsorship of these grants.”
Through sponsorship of the Organic Agriculture SAE Grant, VFC aims to support and cultivate future organic farmers in Wisconsin. VFC would like to congratulate Jessica on receiving the grant and her continued interest in organic agriculture.