Posted on 05 June 2014.
Erika and Dave setting posts for the community garden.
FFA member, Nate Shoen (l) and Advisor Larry Reyburn (r), accept donation from Gleaner Insurance representative Gary Mills (Center).
The class doing rototiller work in the garden.
By FFA Reporter Riley Ross
Do you like fresh produce? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you concerned about what chemicals might be in your food? Well the Cedar Springs FFA has just the thing for you! The FFA is sponsoring community gardens again this year. Under this program community members can utilize 20 x 20 garden plots. Residents can grow vegetables, fruit, and even flowers!
The FFA is providing tillage, seed, fertilizer, and water. FFA members have worked after school and several Agriscience classes have been involved in the work and planning of this community service project.
“This not only allows our members to learn by doing, but they also have a hand in a great community service project,” remarked advisor Larry Reyburn.
The Chapter is asking for a nominal fee of $20 to offset costs, however, scholarships are available for those seeking assistance. “This is not a hand out, but a hand up”, added Reyburn. “It is our hope that we can especially offer this program to area residents that would like to produce their own food with their own efforts!”
Please contact Larry Reyburn if interested firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in Featured, News
Posted on 24 April 2014.
By Judy Reed
The FFA club at Cedar Springs High School and several farmers in the area worked together to create a completely new project for the students to learn about agriculture—they tapped maple trees and boiled it down into maple syrup to sell.
According to teacher Larry Reyburn, who leads the FFA, Dave Dunavan and Steve Schmidt approached him about the project, and about six students signed on for it. Dunavan owns property next to Cedar Springs Middle School on 16 Mile, so he tapped several of his trees, and others there on the school property.
“We had about 125-150 taps in,” said Dunavan.
The students hauled the buckets of sap away and another farmer, Rick Sevey, boiled it down into maple syrup for them.
“They caught on quick,” said Dunavan. “It was a learning process and everyone had a good time. “ He said the busiest time for the sap occurred during spring break, but several of the students showed up anyway.
Reyburn said they ended up with about 10 gallons of syrup to sell to raise money for the group. They sold some at community night, and have been selling it at school. The cost is $12 per pint.
If anyone is interested in buying some to help support the FFA, they can call Larry Reyburn at the high school at 696-1200.
Posted in News