HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Since the Chapter banquet in May, the HLWW FFA Chapter has kept busy with such activities as planting the crop plot and doing some landscaping around the High School.
The FFA members planted the crop plot early May 19. They began at 7:55 and worked until about 2:00 in the afternoon planting over 38 different varieties of soy beans. Assisting the FFA members was Pat Bakeberg who was a great help in planting. He donated his time and equipment, along with driving the tractor and demonstrating how to change the seed. Another activity that has consumed most of these past three weeks is the Landscaping Project. The project started in the area surrounding the memorial to Maddison Kleve, “Who wants to sit on a beautiful memorial and stick there feet in dirty weedy grass.” Said FFA Advisor Mr. Weninger who started the project. With his leadership and huge amounts of effort from the Ag. Mechanics class, the HLWW FFA placed pavers in a basket weave pattern in the area around the memorial.
It did not stop there, they are continuing on to areas in front of the school and surrounding sidewalks. Although the excitement does not end with these events as a few members, seeking to learn more, plan for summer camps such as SGLC, SLCCL, and WLC. SGLC, a summer camp for Greenhands, is being attended by freshman Raechell Bayerl, Josh Laxen, Chris Marketon, Chris Cox, Emily Mages, and Becca Zander. At this camp the freshman will learn how to be further involved in their SAEs (supervised agricultural experience), parliamentary procedure, and chapter, regional, and state events, “ I am excited to meet new people and to go rock wall climbing!” said excited freshman Josh Laxen.
SLCCL, a camp for older members, touches on the same thing as SGLC, but more in depth and with more intensity, Sarah Marketon, a sophmore attending the camp said “I am very excited, I’m looking to learn new ideas to get members involved.” This camp will be attended by Sarah Marketon, William Schanus, Ashley Murphy, Magalie Diedrich, and Joel Koch. Both of these camps will be held in Hackensack from June 28th to July 1st. WLC, is a different situation, this is an event where Sabrina Keiser, Rebecca Groos, and Jake Demarais will be visiting the city of our government, Washington D.C. They will learn in great detail methods of leadership and see first hand the result of the great leaders of our country. Also this month, on the 19th of June, the HLWW FFA chapter is holding there annual Breakfast on the Farm. It is on the Bakeberg farm. At this event there will be petting zoos, feed samples, ice-cream and cheese samples, and a lot more fun. For more information you can visit the website breakfastonthefarm.org.