This year, Carpinteria High School’s National Future Farmers of America (FFA) program has 150 students with a cohort of 15 teens raising animals for show at the Ventura County Fair.

Throughout their participation in FFA, students develop skills in leadership as well as building blocks for careers in agricultural science, business and technology. The FFA classroom experience includes supervised agricultural practice—raising animals or growing plants—along with leadership roles within the organization such as FFA president, treasurer and reporter, among others. After an introduction to agriculture class, students then branch out to more specific disciplines. CHS offers six to eight different ag classes that meet the requirements of four-year universities.

“We have a stellar group of young men and women registered as CHS FFA members this year,” said FFA teacher Noe Gomez. “Students like Karina Dayka and Isaac Castillo are returning members to the team who offer major support roles to our newer students in animal husbandry and FFA guidelines, while students like Olivia Sheaffer and Natalie Gonzalez have greatly impressed their advisors with their commitment to raising animals and their leadership and integrity when it comes to representing Carpinteria. We are proud to be a growing program, and look forward to many more years of success.”

FFA students will be bringing the animals they have raised on the CHS farm to Ventura County Fair for show competition and sale. Teens have raised various animals including sheep, goats, pigs and steer.  

The National FFA program has 8,630 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To learn more, contact ngomez@cusd.net.

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