Agriculture & Natural Resources

Toxic Free Cleaner

FFA Toxic free cleanerThe monthly meeting of the SHS FFA was held on September 23, 2015. Members cooperated with Toxic Free NC and prepared 29 bottles of toxic free household cleaner. The toxic free household cleaner was distributed to all CTE teachers. This service project is part of the community service goals of the SHS FFA Chapter.

Leaving No Turnip Unturned

Written by Samantha Kappmeirer

Have you ever eaten a raw turnip? The students at Scotland High School sure have!  As October is the beginning of peak season for turnips, we took a stroll to the school’s garden patch which is home to other greens including kale and mustard greens. Through a friendly competition, each group was tasked with picking 5 turnips with the winning team receiving a prize (a North Carolina farm-to-school calendar) for the heaviest bucket. The students delicately navigated the garden patch to find the biggest turnips.

We discussed the health benefits of turnips, how to know when to harvest and how to identify a turnip, especially in our garden which is a hodgepodge of various vegetables. After all of the turnip pulling was finished, we went on to the greenhouse to weigh the vegetables of our labor.  Between the two classes, we harvested 18lbs of turnips!

Using leaves from the bib lettuce growing hydroponically in the greenhouse and slices of raw turnip, the students enjoyed a refreshing and cooling turnip sandwich! All of the students tried the turnip sandwich with some declaring how delicious it was while others stating it just was not for them. The students are looking forward to teaming with the Culinary Arts classes on Friday, October 23rd where they will roast the turnips and sauté the greens using the very turnips they harvested the week prior. Talk about farm to fork!


FFA Students Have a “Fair” Time

There were 32 members of the Scotland FFA Chapter that attended the 144th North Carolina State Fair. The members attended on October 19, 2015 to participate in the special FFA events designated as FFA Day.

The NC FFA Day was held at the NC State Fair on Monday October 19, 2015

  • Greetings and Remarks from Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler
  • Greetings from NCSU AEE & NCSU Agricultural Institute
  • Leadership & Learning Activities
  • “Selfie” Scavenger Hunt with Prizes!

Advisors for the FFA Chapter are Carrie Wilkins and Reid Ledbetter. Special thanks to Brittany Jones and Kristen Sharpe for serving as chaperones.

The Scotland FFA Chapter also participated in the inaugural FFA Chicken Coop Contest. Scotland was chosen as one of the ten chapters of the forty chapters that applied. The chicken coop was constructed by Advanced Studies student Walker Taylor with the assistance of Jacob Powers. Nolan Clark provided the art work which was two large pictures of Foghorn Leghorn. The coop was titled Egg Wagon USA and was patterned after an early 20th century horse drawn milk wagon. The coop did not win first place but was a crowd pleaser and first choice by the state Agriculture Education supervisors.