Many decades ago, now-urban Los Angeles County was agrarian. In fact, it was once the largest Ag county in California. In that more pastoral time, North Hollywood High School had a 100-acre farm. Since then, it has seen its footprint shrink to eight acres and is now surrounded by apartment buildings and other developments. However, that smaller plot of land is still very productive! I had a chance to see it for myself recently.
Ag students at North Hollywood High, including FFA members, work hard to maintain a farm that serves the community – including a flourishing community garden. The students raise money for the farm, themselves, without funding assistance from the school district. When I visited, they had just completed their annual petting zoo fundraiser, which is widely supported by the community. It was a special treat to see twins born earlier that morning to a pygmy goat!
As usual, I was impressed by the poised, confident, articulate students who are proud representatives of FFA. I love spending time with them because they represent the promise of a future bright with possibilities. Whether they go on to have careers in agriculture or not, they certainly will be better citizens and well informed consumers, which make for healthier communities! There is no doubt in my mind that that North Hollywood FFA officers, Nicholas, Thomas, Jocelyn, Casey, Josh and Letitia have benefited from their FFA experience. Our future is in good hands with young people like them.