By Andrew Plaza, Social Media Committee
On Tuesday Feb 12, 2019, Gilroy FFA Chapter Advisors, Chelsi Faria and Elida Moore, took seven FFA seniors to the 2019 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. The World Ag Expo is the largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition which is held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare every year. Although they had an early start, Andrew, Becka, Dillania, Emily, John, Lani, and Miranda were excited to embark on a trip that would expand their knowledge on the ag industry and its new technologies and innovations. After a long drive filled with napping and music, the seven students, plus Ms. Faria, Ms. Moore, and Odie (service dog in training), made it into the 52nd World Ag Expo!!!! The students had many opportunities to learn about different aspects of the agriculture industry such as water irrigation systems, dairy products, college options, consumer products, plant genetics, tractors, and much more.
Dillania and Andrew talked to college representatives from Cal Poly SLO, UC Davis, and CSU Fresno. Dillania also got to talk with our FFA State officers and reminisce memories of leadership conferences where they met. The two of them also got lost until in the huge event until they realized they had walked in a huge circle! John, Miranda, Emily, Becka, and Lani went in a different direction sightseeing many other amazing ag innovations such as tools for livestock and crop maintenance. They were also on the hunt to find the "falcon man" an exhibitor with falcons on display. After walking all day they found themselves quite tired and hitched a ride on a tram were they continued to sight see all that the World Ag Expo has to offer! The students ate well with a huge selection of tasty food from the food alley including Portuguese selections served by Ms. Faria's family.
One of our newest members of our FFA family, Odette, a service dog in training, had a lot of great training walking in a packed crowd and ignoring the loud noises and stayed focused on her handler. The students said good bye to the Expo after a long but fun filled day. On the way home Miranda got to check off a life long dream and visited a Super Target in Tulare. She was overfilled with joyful tears to see 24 check-out lanes, clothes, AND groceries. They were also able to get their favorite coffee place, Dutch Bros!
The students really enjoyed themselves and soaked in all that they could on such a great trip! They learned a lot about the different aspect of the agriculture industry and how truly big it is! They would like to thank their advisors for providing such a great experience for them to enrich their passion of agriculture.
Last Thursday, two open teams and our officer team traveled to Live Oak high school in Morgan Hill for the Opening and Closing competition. Gilroy brought two of their own judges, Ms. Wolfe and Mr. Young, to help judge the competing teams. Gilroy is proud to say that our officer team placed third in their division and that Miranda Doty earned outstanding reporter in the open team division. Congratulations to all our members who worked, practiced, and competed in the event. We can’t wait to see what next year’s competition holds.
Last Tuesday, Gilroy FFA hosted a board game hangout. FFA members gathered in the Ag classrooms and set out their boards for games like clue, curses, and just good old fashioned card games. Others members talked with each other or just settled down to get some homework done. It was a good turn out and everyone loved the lemonade. Thank you to everyone who helped out and and joined us for the hangout. Can’t wait for the next one!
Last weekend, six of our officers traveled to Hollister for the Chapter Officer Leadership Conference. They spent two days in workshops, mingling with other FFA members, and bonding with one another. Their first day was filled with individual workshops where they learned about purpose. The next day they met with other officers in their position and worked together through team building activities. Our officers had so much fun and each person brought back something new. A year of service seems so short, but they’re ready to make the most of it.
Last week, Gilroy FFA hosted its annual BBQ. Tri-tip tickets were sold for two weeks and then it was time for the BBQ. The night before, members, teachers, and parents worked to season all the tri-tip and get them ready to be grilled the next day. After school, students helped deliver tri-tip meals later into the afternoon. With all the extra meat and bread, tri-tip sandwiches were sold at lunch the following Monday for $5. It was a great success and we are looking forward to our next one in April. Make sure to ask an FFA member for a ticket next Spring.
The Greenhand officers led their very first meeting last night and it went super well. It was a great turn out with the freshmen earning their degrees! We even had parents come and support their kids. We had a great time celebrating all the greenhand achievements this year and topped it off with cupcakes! Gavin DeCarlo and Alexis Young were named Mr and Ms Greenhand for the year! Congratulations!
We had a tie die event yesterday after school and it was awesome! A lot of members came from every class and had great time making psychedelic tees. Greenhand officer Aalliah Servin really stepped up and made sure there was enough dye and shirts for everyone there! Thanks for making sure the event went well! We can't wait to see how they all turned out!
Yesterday at lunch we dyed some hard boiled eggs green and had a super fun egg and spoon race. First we had some of the freshmen members go and it was a blast! Then it was a challenge race between the Greenhand and Chapter officers! It was a mad dash for the finish line! All members had fun participating and cheering them on!
We had a good turn out for the greenhand poster. The greenhands had a lot of fun and now have their hands dyed green! Some of the officers, as well as the advisors, also participated and gave their goals as well! Looks like we have some leaders in the making!
This weekend, student came out to the Gilroy Farm for a very successful cleanup! We are one step closer to getting our animals. Students worked hard on planting tomatoes and peppers in the flower beds outside the red barn. They also cleaned out the chicken coop and the lambing and kidding barn. Alfalfa was moved from the red barn to the kidding barn and old equipment was removed from storage areas. It was a very progressive day and the farm is looking great!