Nampa, Idaho-based Valley Wide Cooperative, and benevolence partner Arden Hills, Minnesota based cooperative Land O’Lakes, came together to donate $22,000 to the Parma FFA Chapter. The money will be used to help build a greenhouse at Parma High School that will provide years of engaging education around plants and horticulture.
Janine Johnson, Parma FFA chapter advisor, said, “We are so thankful to be receiving this donation towards building a greenhouse that will grow and develop our plant science program.”
Plants grown in the greenhouse are sold in the spring to raise money for chapter activities. Some chapters raise up to $15,000 each spring and those funds pay for lab supplies, study materials, FFA jackets, conference registration fees, and more. In addition to raising funds, greenhouses offer students hands on learning experiences, exposing them to disciplines such as plant sciences, horticulture, nursery and landscape management, agronomy, floriculture, and more. This exposure gives students an insight into the various career pathways within plant sciences and provides them with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge for success.
"We are so thankful for Valley Wide Cooperative's support of not only the Idaho FFA Foundation, but also the chapters that make up the Idaho FFA Association," said Marcia Jedry, "Their continuous commitment to our students and programs helps secure the future of the Idaho agriculture industry."
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
− Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
− Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
− Student leadership organizations, like FFA
Since 1920, Valley Wide Cooperative has been helping farmers and ranchers build their homes and businesses through dedication and expertise. Valley Wide Cooperative engages in every community they do business in and helps to cultivate and strengthen the current and upcoming generation of ag and industry leaders.
The Idaho FFA Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
To learn more about the Idaho FFA Foundation and how you can become involved, please contact:
Marcia Jedry CAE, Executive Director
Idaho FFA Foundation, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 827, Star, ID 83669