|Westminster High's Farm sits right next to the 405 Freeway.|
the 405 Freeway, one of the most congested and highly traveled freeways in the
country, is eight acres of farmland tended by Westminster High School agricultural
science/Future Farmers of America (FFA) students. This program is a unique
way for students to learn and understand where food comes from. The farm
operates year-round and is almost completely self-supporting with
much of the funding coming from the projects available to the students.
Students can take on supervised agriculture projects, choosing from an animal
(pig, goats, steer, lamb, poultry), plant (potted, row crops, fruit trees) or
mechanic (welding, farm power) assignment.
producer of premium organic soils and mulches, donated over 5 tons of premium
organic mulch to the farm to use in its programs.
|Christy Ly raises chickens through the FAA program.|
|Oke Iyeke is Westminster's FFA Chapter President.|
above is Oke Iyeke, a sophomore at the school, and current Westminster High FFA
Chapter President. Oke is showing a steer named "Agent 1008" (he
never gives his fair animals names so it's easier at auction time) at the
Orange County Fair, which opened July 13. Christy Ly was
recruited to the program while still in junior high. She joined the show
competition team and raises chickens. Ana Chavez is also a participant in the
program and is showing a steer named "Flirty."
of the students spends at least an hour each day at the farm in the mornings
and evenings feeding and watering their animals and practicing showmanship
techniques. Some of the students travel to the school by city bus from
miles away to care for their animals including Ana who rides the bus 25 minutes
each way to get to the farm. She loves being in the program and her dream
and goal is to become a veterinarian.
Oke, Westminster High FFA Chapter officers are vice president Amber Sager,
secretary Jennifer Cerda and treasurer/reporter Nick Adamson. All are busy
planning activities for the chapter's upcoming year. Oke hopes to increase the
number of students in the program, particularly since this is its 40th
anniversary at Westminster High.
to WHS FFA on its achievement of 40 years of success and good luck at the OC
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