From power tools to the greenhouse, class is in session, and it's not limited to the classroom at Sandy Creek. "We have plants growing and onions and raising them now so we can plant this spring," student Ryan Pavelka said. Kids in the Sandy Creek FFA chapter don't just study agribusiness, they live it. Emmet Caldwell said, "We grow produce and sell at local farmers markets." They compete in a sales event through FFA.
Growing a product and taking it to market is nothing new for kids like Emmet. He said, "Me and my sister have a seed stock red Angus herd so try to convince our customers why our bulls will fit best in their operation." The team is made up of Ryan, Emmet, Natasha Anderson, and Erika Harms. Three of the four live on farms, and they all see the benefit of FFA.
Natasha's uncle farms, but she lives in town. Still, she's glad she's in FFA.
She said, "You get more confident speaking to others, especially if you want a sales job, everybody sells things." If nothing else, they learn a strong work ethnic.
Erika said, "Being in agriculture and growing up on a farm, you can't take a day off. You learn how to have fun with what you're doing and work hard at it and hard work pays off."
This is a new team for Sandy Creek. They follow in the steps of a crew that went to nationals, so they have their sights set high. And away from competition, they also have big goals.
Natasha wants to study psychology or design, while Ryan wants to be a doctor.
Emmet's a seventh generation cattle producer. And Erika wants to combine her passions for livestock and science.
They're all careers they can prepare for now through ag education. Emmet said, "If you do something with agriculture, it opens a whole world of options. You can do anything you want with it." These kids were nominated by a parent at Sandy Creek. Nominations are accepted here at nebraska.tv.
NTV honors a Farm Family and Farm Youth of the Month each month. They are highlighted on NTV's Grow, a new program dedicated to agriculture that airs Sunday nights at 10:35 p.m.