• An 8-Acre Farming Oasis in Westminster
    Monday, July 16, 2012 at

  • Westminster High's Farm sits right next to the 405 Freeway.

    Alongside 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.

    Agromin, 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.

    Pictured 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." 

    Each 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. 

    Besides 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.

    Congratulations to WHS FFA on its achievement of 40 years of success and good luck at the OC Fair!

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