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CAROLINE STUDENTS TRY HAND AT FARMING
Planting and harvesting crops isn’t easy.
That’s what the students in Caroline High School’s Future Farmers of America Club learned first-hand when they planted crops at the State Fair of Virginia.
They did the initial work in May, but now that the State Fair is in full swing—and running through Sunday—their crops are on display in the Harvest Landing area.
Hunter Gravatt, the club’s adviser, said State Fair officials approached the club last year and gave them the seeds for the crops.
Then he and seven of the FFA students tilled and fertilized the land and planted the seeds. Gravatt said the demonstration should educate not only young children, but adults on what the plants look like and how they grow.
“Since most of the population is three generations removed from the farm, most people have a disconnect about where their food comes from,” Gravatt said.
The crops and vegetables included corn, okra, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, peanuts, cotton. The students said it was a good experience and hard work. Most had never done any actual farming before.
Through FFA and agriculture classes, the students are learning about new technology available for farming. But for this project, they had to do things the old-fashioned way.
One of the biggest challenges, they said, was getting the crops and vegetables planted in a straight line.
Julia Logan, 17, said she felt a sense of accomplishment after all the work.
“It made me have respect for farmers,” added Jonathan Didlake, 17. “They go through a lot, that’s how they make their money, and a lot of people don’t respect that.”
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413