WOODBURY – A $1,000 FFA Plant Science SAE grant has been awarded to Nonnewaug High School Agriscience Program student Chelsea Fowler of Newtown.
The grant was sponsored by the California Certified Organic Farmers, and will assist Fowler in beginning her own business of growing and selling many varieties of garlic and various garlic products. Chelsea was inspired to begin this business after working at a garden located at a retirement facility, and learned about the growing niche market revolving around garlic. Chelsea will be researching and testing the best varieties to grow in this area, and the best growing methods and preservation techniques. Chelsea will be building a stand and marketing display and materials for her garlic, as well as compiling her research into a complete laboratory report to present at the FFA State Agriscience Competition.
The SAE grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their supervised agricultural experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion, FFA members must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.
Fowler is a member of the Woodbury FFA Chapter at Nonnewaug High School and was selected from over 2,100 applications nationwide. Fowler was the only FFA member from Connecticut to receive this grant. Each student enrolled in the agriscience program at Nonnewaug must maintain an SAE project which enables students to apply what they learn in school to a real job experience. The SAE is vital because the students not only learn content, but they learn all of the soft skills, responsibility, and recordkeeping that are needed to be successful in any career field.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 670,152 student members who belong to one of 8,660 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,417 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.