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FFA Community Gardens


By Olivia Martinek

As the snow disappears, the registration for our community garden plots opens! April showers bring May flowers for most, but in our case, it brings the community together to produce wonderful crops. For over 70-plus years, the Cedar Springs FFA has been focusing on serving others and developing its member’s community involvement and leadership skills.

The Cedar Springs FFA members, and students in Agriscience classes, are learning about how to prepare and how to plant a garden in Michigan. There are many who want to have a garden to produce fresh produce, but do not have the necessary resources or land. If that is you, the community gardens are a great option! 

The plots for the community gardens are provided near the high school. The water for the gardens is donated by the generous local fire departments, who fill the tank so members will have local access to water. The FFA provides tools and prepares the plots before the members of the community take on their individual plot. The seedlings are grown and provided by the High School Plant Science class, FFA members, and other Agriscience classes. If you choose to join, you can plant your own seed, or transplant some of the seedlings free of cost. Once you take on the garden plot, it is for you to maintain and to reap the benefits. 

If you are interested in having a plot in the Community Gardens, you can contact Larry Reyburn (the FFA Advisor) at 616-696-1200 extension 6331 or email him at larry.reyburn@csredhawks.org. 

The Cedar Springs FFA is looking forward to another great spring of helping others have easy access to fresh, plentiful fruits and vegetables.  

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FFA teacher receives honorary degree


State FFA advisor Mark Forbush (left) with Cedar Springs FFA advisor Larry Reyburn. Photo from Cedar Springs FFA Facebook page.

Cedar Springs High School teacher Mr. Larry Reyburn, advisor for the Cedar Springs FFA, received his Honorary American FFA degree on Wednesday, February 7. He was one of 59 recipients chosen in 2017 to receive the degree from the National FFA Organization, and the only person in Michigan. Usually this award is received at national convention, but state FFA advisor Mark Forbush made a special trip to deliver it personally. Congratulations, Mr. Reyburn.

In other FFA news, the Cedar Springs FFA will hold a fundraiser at Tractor Supply Company on Saturday. Stop by for baked goods, meat sticks, and homemade maple syrup. The store is located on the corner of 17 Mile and White Creek Avenue. 

Also this month, Tractor Supply Company stores in MI will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in their community.

Coinciding with National FFA Week (Feb. 17-24), Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at checkout Feb. 16-25 while shopping in-store, online at www.tractorsupply.com or by calling Customer Solutions at (877) 718-6750. Donations will fund the national Grants for Growing program, supporting FFA chapters in MI that are making a difference in their communities through unique and sustainable agricultural projects. The program is coordinated through a partnership with the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply, the country’s largest rural lifestyle retailer. 

“Through the generosity and assistance of our customers and team members, we are honored to support local FFA chapters across the country through our Grants for Growing program,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “This initiative not only allows us to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders, but also the future of agricultural education.”
Since its start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization. The initiative has funded a total of 692 grants supporting projects involving more than 69,000 students. 

Earlier this year, FFA chapters submitted applications detailing how they will start or expand on a project that will benefit their communities as well as both current and future FFA students. Funds have been requested to purchase vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and tools for projects ranging from greenhouses to aquaculture labs. 

Grants, awarded to winning FFA chapter initiatives in the spring, have a minimum value of $500 and a maximum value of $5,000. All donations remain within the state in which they were raised. 

For more details about the program, visit www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing

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It’s time to celebrate!


Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. Lalone

CSHS Valedictorian, Tara Tepin

CTA graduates. Courtesy photo.

Congratulations Class of 2017

Hundreds of students stepped out into a brand new world over the last couple of weeks as they graduated high school and now celebrate what lies ahead. Here in our area, students graduated from Cedar Springs High School, New Beginnings High School, Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, and Tri County High School.

To see photos of all the top honors students in our area and class photos, click link to download our keepsake 2017 graduation feature.

Also, Cedar Springs Public Schools has several people retiring this year: Dave Swanson, Larry Reyburn, Cindy Barnard, Mark Schumann, Jerry Gavin, Mike Duffy, Steve Banagis, and Louise Amash. A big thank you to each one of you for your years of service to Cedar Springs kids!

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FFA Community Gardens: a sure sign of Spring


Class Member “Learning to Do” Preparing 2016 Gardens. Photo courtesy FFA.

Class Member “Learning to Do” Preparing 2016 Gardens. Photo courtesy FFA.

Just like the robin, and the appearance of seed catalogues, the announcement of the opening of registration for the Cedar Springs FFA Community Gardens is one faithful sign that winter is drawing to a close.

Agriscience students and FFA members are learning what must be done to prepare and plant a garden in western Michigan. “We hope to be able to supply many free transplants for the plots. The seedlings are to be grown in the High School Plant Science class, and by FFA members. We provide hand tools, and we rototill the gardens for community member before they take over,” said Larry Reyburn, local FFA Advisor.  Big help has come from the area Fire Departments, who take turns filling the water tank used on the gardens.

Any member of the community that is interested in having their own plot should contact Reyburn at the high school by phone at 616-696-1200 extension 6131, or by email at Larry.Reyburn@csredhawks.org.

For over 70 years the FFA at Cedar has focused on serving others and developing its member’s leadership and personal growth.

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FFA community garden begins again


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It is once again that time of year! The Cedar Springs FFA is sponsoring its annual community gardens again this year. Under this program community members can utilize a 20 x 20 garden plot. Residents can grow vegetables, fruit, and even flowers.

Local advisor Mr. Larry Reyburn reports, “Thanks to our many sponsors, the FFA is able to provide tillage, seed, fertilizer, and water.” FFA members are working 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,” added Reyburn.

The Chapter his asking for a nominal fee of $20 to offset costs, however, scholarships are available for those seeking assistance. “For those who like the outdoors and wholesome food, this may be the ticket to a fun and productive summer,” Reyburn added.  “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!”

The Chapter would like to thank Gleaner Insurance Company for sponsoring the scholarships.

Please contact Larry Reyburn if interested. Phone 616-799-4968 or email larry.reyburn@csredhawks.org.

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FFA seeks gardeners


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 larry.reyburn@csredhawks.org.

 

 

 

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FFA develops sweet fundraiser


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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.

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