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East Cooper CAS horticulture students establish FFA chapter

Horticulture students at East Cooper Center for Advanced Studies will soon reap the rewards of being a part of a national organization. On Feb. 22, East Cooper CAS officially became a chartered Future Farmers of America chapter.

Part of FFA’s motto is “learning to do, doing to learn.” The organization emphasizes hands-on approaches to agriculture studies. Additionally, students in the organization get to connect with like-minded peers seeking to meet the future demands of agriculture.

The students are already taking advantage of opportunities that FFA offers. Two weeks ago, the FFA students competed in a wildlife career development event, and next month they will compete in a greenhouse and landscaping event.

Most of the plants grown in the greenhouse are transplanted into garden beds on the East Cooper CAS rooftop garden. The floor of the outdoor patio collects rainwater that is used to water the plants. In the classroom, students learn to propagate plants, including houseplants and lettuce varieties. In a sterilized lab, the students used small tissue samples from Venus flytraps to multiply them into adult plants. Schultz said the students’ time in the classroom is split between traditional learning and hands-on labs.

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