Carpinteria’s Future Farmers of America have been named Chapter of the Year for the Ventura Section by the region’s supervisors. The honor was given to the Carpinteria High School (CHS) team at last weekend’s Chapter Officer Leadership Conference (COLC), held at San Benito High School in Hollister. Teams from across the Central Coast attended the conference.

Carpinteria FFA was recognized for the team’s overall professional development activities and excellence in community representation. 

The award comes on the heels of an outstanding showing for Carpinteria FFA at the “Opening and Closing” Ventura Section Public Speaking Competition the week prior, where numerous members received medals and the team placed first. The novice team of freshmen took home first place, a trophy that hasn’t been housed at CHS since 2010. 

“Carpinteria is extremely blessed to have Mr. Salvador Lopez at the helm of agricultural education within our community,” Noe Gomez, agriscience teacher at Carpinteria High School, said. “Mr. Lopez continually works to educate our community’s youth all the while instilling within them a growth mindset. As a Carpinteria FFA alumnus, I can’t be prouder than to have Mr. Lopez as a leader within our community.”

FFA also distributed roughly 300 campus-grown pumpkins to Carpinteria elementary school students this month and took its first in-person field trip in over two years. 

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