Once again Big Walnut/DACC FFA members are holding their annual Chapter Fruit Sale. The Fruit Sale began earlier this month and ends on November 9.
It’s a tradition of FFA chapters all around the State of Ohio to have an annual fruit sale; and like most years, the BW/DACC FFA will be selling apples, citrus, nuts, and BBQ sauce.
“In addition to the citrus and nuts from Florida, we are offering two products produced in Ohio,” said Jeff Stimmell, Big Walnut/DACC Satellite Ag Science Instructor and FFA Advisor. “Our apple selection of Red Delicious, Gold Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji are all produced in Ohio, as well as our BBQ Sauce, which comes from DB Yummers in Washington Courthouse.”
Stimmell said there are a few changes this year over previous years when all citrus came from Florida.
“We purchase the citrus from the Florida Farm Bureau Marketing Division, but due to Citrus Greening Disease in Florida, we are not able to offer Tangelos, and our Navel Oranges might have to come from California, depending on supply when our order is placed,” Stimmell said. “Citrus Greening Disease is transmitted from tree to tree by a small plant feeding insects and can wipe out the fruit crop. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Citrus Greening Disease.”
Stimmell said the annual fundraiser helps fund activities such as trips to state and national FFA conventions, field trips, and the annual FFA banquet. In addition, a portion of all sales go to the Ohio FFA Foundation to help sponsor awards and provide scholarships for FFA members.
All products will be ready for delivery the week of December 5, when orders can be picked up starting after school that day; or arrangements can be made for an FFA member to deliver orders to homes.
Order forms are available from any Big Walnut/DACC FFA member or by contacting Stimmell at the High School, 740-965-3766 extension 1009, or email Stimmell at < JeffStimmell@bwls.net >.
FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, but ask any of the students involved in the high school’s Ag Science program, and they will tell you that FFA is more than just a program for those who want to pursue a career in farming.
FFA participants go on to careers not only in farming, but also into a whole host of agricultural related careers that fall under the FFA umbrella, including veterinary services, biological research, and food processing, delivery, and marketing. FFA students also go into forestry, land management, and the environmental sciences.
There are almost 24,000 FFA members statewide in 305 chapters. FFA is the largest high school youth organization in America, with a national membership roster exceeding half a million students. For more information about FFA in Ohio, go to ohioffa.org.
For more information about the national FFA organization and its activities, go to ffa.org.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.