Pictured above, from left to right are Ethan Scarborough, APGG Employee, Steve Bailey, Chad White, APGG Seed Coordinator, Dr. Cindy Bryant and Olin Spooner.
One of the goals set forth by the agriculture department at Seminole County Middle/High School this past year was to increase the participation of students in the Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) Work Based Learning Program. This program prepares and trains students to develop employability and technical skills that support success in careers and post-secondary education.
Earlier in the Spring, local Seminole County farmer Steve Bailey contacted Young Farmer Advisor Wes Pace and expressed an interest in helping a student get involved in production agriculture by allowing the student to grow peanuts on about a ten acre field behind Johnson’s Produce located on U.S. Highway 84, just west of Donalsonville.
Local FFA advisors Dusty Smith and Holly Garcia identified FFA member Olin Spooner as a willing candidate who was up to the task. Mr. Bailey met with Olin, Phoebe Williams, the ag department advisors and CTAE Director Dr. Cindy Bryant to begin planning Olin’s supervised agricultural experience project.
It is Mr. Bailey’s fervent hope that Olin attain the American FFA Degree, the highest degree that can be earned by an FFA member, by completing the project.
American Peanut Growers Group (APPG) showed awesome support for Olin’s project by donating the peanut seed to help him with his production goals this growing season.
The Seminole County Agriculture Department would like to express their sincere appreciation to Mr. Steve Bailey, Mr. Neal Flanagan (APGG), Mrs. Adaire Bishop (APGG) and Mr. Chad White (APGG) for helping Olin get started with his peanut production project. These individuals have shown true commitment to growing the future farmers of this community by investing in students such as Olin Spooner.