Atwater High School FFA Students Promote “Farm2U”
Members of the Atwater High School FFA joined nearly a 100 presenters and 2500 third grade students from local schools throughout Merced County and participated in the Merced County Farm Bureau’s 7th annual “Farm2U” event on October 4th at the Merced County Fairgrounds. The purpose of the event was to build a connection between people and the importance of agriculture. “There is a trend of misconceptions pertaining agriculture and the agriculture industry, and we wanted to showcase with the younger generation the positive aspects and importance of agriculture.” said Atwater FFA Advisor Kim Macintosh.
The 2500 third-grade children visited Merced County Fairgrounds received “hands-on” experience of various agriculture industry sectors. “It was amazing to see so many parts of the community come together to educate children” said Atwater High School grandparent of a 3rd grade attendee Chi Chi Wood. Various agriculture industry representatives from the county participated in the event. Local FFA students attended the event as presenters.
“Many kids never have the opportunity to see and be around farm animals and the goal is that this experience is a positive one and results in a greater appreciation of agriculture,” said Atwater FFA member Mikeal Duran. “Our high school is focusing on “community” and this event provided us high school students the opportunity to interact with a future generation of students regarding the value and importance of agriculture.”
The Atwater High School FFA continues to get members involved in making a positive difference within the community through opportunities like “Farm2U”. For more information on Atwater FFA, you can log onto AtwaterFFA.org website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.
Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301