Horticulture Teacher, Grant Cole, applied to the Tractor Supply Co Grants for Growing program this spring and was recently awarded a $1,500 grant to support MFHS FFA projects. He was looking for funding to help buy the Marble Falls’ FFA program new rabbit cages when he discovered the grant opportunity from Tractor Supply on the Texas FFA web site.
“The FFA offers great leadership and scholarship opportunities,” said Grant. “The bunnies are a good entry level animal to encourage our students to join. This grant will help buy rabbit cages for those students who would like to participate, but need help with the equipment to get started.”
After getting involved in the FFA, many students also work with FFA Sponsor, Dawn Stratton, on bigger animal projects raising goats, hogs, lambs and steer. FFA members also compete in Career Development Events, AG Mechanics contests, and stock shows.
In addition to supporting new student projects, the new rabbit cages from Tractor Supply will also produce a valuable “side effect” for Grant’s Horticulture program. The program promotes organic, green growing techniques, and the rabbit droppings are the best manure for students to use on the plants. Rabbit droppings are the only droppings you can put directly on plants for fertilizer without burning them. Other natural fertilizers need to be composted before use.
For more information about MFHS’ Horticulture program, the Marble Falls FFA, or MFISD’s Career and Technology Education workforce ready programs, visit: @MFISDCTE on Twitter.
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