This summer was like no other for FFA students who typically raise their farm animals in the Carpinteria High School barn. When Covid-19 closed school property to students, these resourceful teenagers built improvised facilities on local family farms to keep their program running. As the summer winds down, students are preparing to sell their animals at the Ventura County Fair’s online auction where most will take home a small profit for their effort.
“We’ve had a great summer,” said Sal Lopez, CHS teacher and FFA program director. “We’ve made a lot of great memories and we’ve shown that students are learning life skills in their ag classes. These facilities were built and maintained by students, from plumbing, to cementing, to posting, we’ve shown that students are learning real life skills in our program.”