Wando’s High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, one of only two schools in the state with the program, has been chosen to receive a grant.
According to a press release, the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company Grants for Growing program is giving the program $3,000.
Wando also received a $500 grant in Fall 2015 as a part of the organization’s pilot grant program in the state.
In order to be qualified to receive the grant, chapters must submit an application outlining a new or existing school agricultural project to Grants for Growing.
The program or project that the chapter submits should be sustainable as well as beneficial to future FFA members.
According to the release, the grant will be used to either strengthen or expand current the agricultural education program.
"The Grants for Growing program allows agricultural programs across the nation to start new projects or to sustain ones that are already in existence," says Casey Attaway, Wando Horticulture teacher and FFA Advisor. "Our program already highlights the use of hydroponics, so we will use the money to build homemade hydroponic towers and purchase the supplies necessary to keep growing food year-round."
To learn more about FFA and the Grants for Growing Program, visit www.ffa.org.