SALINAS, Calif. - On Saturday, February 15, 2014, the Hartnell Alisal Campus presents their first Hartnell Future Farmers of America (FFA) Field Day - with teams from nine FFA Chapter schools competing in four competitions: vegetable judging, farm power, floriculture, and welding. This is a free program for local schools thanks to the Hartnell College Foundation and local business partners who are donating all of the supplies and awards for the event.
Between 50 and 80 student participants are expected to participate and show their knowledge in their specific area and then prove their ability to perform the tasks necessary to succeed in their capacity. The schedule of events will go as follows:
Hartnell Alisal Campus
1752 E. Alisal Street
Buildings B, C, & D
Salinas, CA 93905
On-site contact: Albert Graham 831.235.0050
7:00 a.m. Sign-in starts
8:30 a.m. Contests start (Buildings B,C,D)
11:30 a.m. Lunch in Quad area
1:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony in Quad
The competitions will be judged by local Ag industry leaders; over 25 college student ambassadors and parents will volunteer. Agriculture and Industrial Technology Instructor, Albert Graham says that before this year, high school students would have to drive for at least 2 hours to participate in FFA Field Days.
"Students learn leadership skills in the FFA classrooms and apply them to the college field days - later on in life, they become the agriculture leaders in our communities," said Graham. "Next year I am projecting over 300 students to participate."
Hartnell College thanks the many local business partners for providing all the tools necessary to get this program started in Salinas including McShane’s Nursery, John Deere, Nob Hill Foods, Prax Air, D'Arrigo Bros. Co., Matranga Floral Distributors, Coastal Tractor, and Napa Tools.
Hartnell Community College District
The Hartnell CCD serves over 15,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.