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PR's FFA and Culinary programs bring home awards

FFA's awarding winning plants and peppers.

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, Porter Ridge High School’s FFA and Culinary Academy submitted entries into the 2015 Union County Cultural Arts and Local Foods Exhibition at the Union County Farmer’s Market. Each group brought home multiple ribbons for their entries.

PR's FFA won second place for Best Flowering Potted Plant. They entered a window box with variegated and non-variegated geraniums they raised and sold in their greenhouse last spring. 

When asked about the plant sale, FFA faculty advisor, Bethany Sweatt, responded,"The PRHS FFA grows plants every spring for a plant sale. The plant sale is our biggest fundraiser and it helps raise money to send students to Kentucky for the National FFA Convention. The students plant the seeds, transplant the plants once they are big enough, and then help with the sale. They also are responsible for taking care of the plants. They work very hard and are very proud of what they accomplish with the plant sale."

Sweatt also said,"I am so proud that my students’ hard work has paid off! We are very excited! They were ecstatic when they found out we had won some awards for our flowers and veggies."

FFA also won third place in Best Hanging Basket for Swedish Ivy that was grown and sold last spring. They took home two more third place ribbons for hot peppers and sweet peppers that were started from seed and also sold.

The Culinary Academy entered canned items that the students canned before Spring Break last school year, using leftover produce and as a way of using all of their food resources. While they canned a variety of foods, they entered in three categories: other spreads, other relishes, and other pickles.

The radish pickles brought home a participation ribbon. While it was a creative use for leftover radishes, the judges were at a loss on how to grade it. However, the Carrot Orange Marmalade and Pepper Relish both were judged as first place winners and took home two blue ribbons. 

Senior Culinary Academy student Brooke Stallings commented, "I've learned so much from this culinary experience.  I'm so happy we won and are getting recognized for something we have done!"

Written by: Elaine Templeton, Culinary Academy Teacher
Posted: Sep 21, 2015 by Regina Snelson

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