Agriscience & FFA

FFA and Agriscience go hand in hand at Karen M. Siegel Academy. This marriage offers unique opportunities for students grades 6 through adult to gain career skills in our plant nursery located on the school grounds, as well as participate in a variety of leadership activities provided through the FFA. Students receive hands-on instruction in proper watering, planting, cultivating, feeding and weeding plants as well as landscape maintenance. The school grounds serve as the land-lab and the nursery is comprised of a potting area, greenhouse, shadehouse and new hydroponics vegetable growing area installed for the 2013-2014 school year. Plants and other hand-made horticultural products are sold at various times throughout the school year with proceeds being funneled directly back in to the department for continued student enrichment and growth of Agriscience and FFA.

The National FFA organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA Opportunities

Students have many opportunities to acquire leadership skills and hone career development skills by participation in FFA, a tradition since the Karen M. Siegel Academy FFA chapter was chartered. Students receive individualized classroom instruction through the Agriscience curriculum and then have the opportunity to practice the skills in competitive FFA events throughout the year. Students participate in appropriate activities and may include any or all of the following activities:

  • State FFA Convention
  • Career Development Events (Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Vegetable ID and Judging, Garden Tool ID, Comprehensive Tool ID, Cart Loading, Potting, Ornamental Horticulture ID & Judging, Construction Fastener &Tool ID, Farm Animal ID, Construction Skills, Citrus ID, Meat ID, Tractor Part ID, and Creed Speaking)
  • Polk County Youth Fair (Horticulture Division and Family and Consumer Sciences Division)
  • Chapter FFA Officer Leadership Training Conference and Chapter Meetings
  • Fundraisers ( Take Flight Catering, BBQ meals, vegetable and plant Sales, & Otis Spunkmeyer cookie sales)
  • Community Service (School grounds maintenance, FFA Leadership Training Center financial support, Great American Clean-up participation, rain barrels, key partner in school’s PTO fundraisers, and Ag-literacy participant)
  • Annual FFA Awards Banquet