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Several Savannah FFA Members Awarded Bob Evans FFA Grants

The 2022 recipients were selected from more than 1,000 applications nationwide. (Photo: Bob Evans Restaurants, LLC)

Several area FFA members have received grants from Bob Evans Restaurants.

Bob Evans Restaurants partners with the National FFA organization to award fund for supervised agriculture experience projects to twelve high school student FFA members across the country. Each recipient receives $1,000 to help them achieve goals they outlined for the SAE projects.

Five of the 12 recipients chosen from more than 1,086 applications nationwide came from Savannah. Recipients include Landen Berger, who will purchase materials to build a greenhouse; Emma Brown for the purchase of seeds and materials to grow a vegetable garden; Jada Heals, who will use the funds for a greenhouse for vegetables and flowers; Allie Moore, who plans to expand the production of vegetables, fruits and herbs by adding a hydroponic tower; and Kayla Wilmes, who will purchase materials and supplies to grown assorted fruits and flowers.

The full list of grant recipients follows:

  • Landen Berger, Savannah, Mo., plans to purchase materials to build a new greenhouse and cultivate fresh vegetables and flowers to sell to consumers. Any products not sold will be donated to students for educational purposes.
  • Emma Brown, Savannah, Mo., plans to purchase the necessary seeds and materials to begin growing onions, radishes, beets, zucchini, cucumbers, as well as additional vegetables in her 40×40 feet plot of land. The vegetables will be canned or frozen and then used in the future to make baked goods.
  • Rylee Brown, West Plains, Mo., is looking to expand the growing and selling of various plants by purchasing a natural gas heating system that will allow her to start growing plants earlier and extend the growing season. She will also use a rainwater collection system to practice sustainability.
  • Chloe Campbell, Audrain County, Mo., will expand the production of honey and comb goods by purchasing additional beehives for a total of 20 beehives. This expansion will allow for more honey-related products to be sold via social media and at local stores.
  • Ella Crim, Houston, Ohio, will expand to a 1600 sq. ft. garden to grow more pumpkins and zucchini and will use the grant funds to purchase food processing equipment to increase efficiency. This will help with the production and selling of baked goods.
  • Tyler Fenner, Sweet Springs, Mo., is looking to expand his grain production entrepreneurship project by renting an additional 17 acres to begin growing, harvesting, and selling corn, in addition to growing soybeans on 13 acres.
  • Jada Heald, Savannah, Mo., plans to put the grant funds towards a new greenhouse to grow and sell vegetables, as well as flowers. Products not sold to the public will be donated to nearby schools for educational purposes.
  • Alex Kellersmith, Houston, Ohio, will expand his current SAE by purchasing a hydroponic growing system to grow salad greens, microgreens, vegetables, flowers, and root lavender cuttings. These products will be sold to customers and local restaurants.
  • Coby Lee, Barren County, Ky., plans to use the grant funds to build new garden beds for growing various vegetables. Each bed will be made of wood, cinder blocks and hoop house frames to protect the plants from wind, rain, and cooler weather, and will be filled with soil and fertilizer.
  • Mattie Maiden, Cumberland Gap, Tenn., will purchase a new deep-water culture system, expanding production from one bucket to a much larger hydroponic drip system, to grow grape tomatoes. This expansion will help with plans to obtain a Tennessee FFA State Degree.
  • Allie Moore, Savannah, Mo., plans to expand the production of vegetables, fruits and herbs by using the grant funds towards adding a hydroponic tower. The produce harvested will be used to make and sell treats for cats, dogs, cows and horses.
  • Kayla Wilmes, Savannah, Mo., plans to use the grant funds for the materials and supplies needed to create a 45 by 45ft. plot, where assorted fruits and flowers will be grown. These goods will be sold at local farmer’s markets.

For more information on Bob Evan’s Restaurant’s commitment to FFA, including information about how to get involved in FFA Week, taking place February 19th through the 26th, and Give FFA Day on February 24th, go to BobEvans.com/FFA.

The original story from Morning Ag Clips can be found HERE.



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