By Teams A and B
Bonjour mes amis ma!” This is the French phrase that Juvenal, the office administrator from the Catholic Relief System, taught us today meaning “Good day, my friends!” He along with the ministry director, Fortune, and our driver, Dotenez, are not only fine leaders, but they double as teachers of French and Kenyarwandan during our meals here in “The Land of a Thousand Hills.”
Orientation, Travel and Our First Night in Kigali, Rwanda
By Teams A and B
Greetings from the FFA GO (Global Outreach): Africa Team! We assembled in Detroit, MI for a two day orientation on Thursday and Friday (July 14th-15th) to prepare for our trip to Rwanda to work with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). During this time, the team went through team building activities, cultural awareness training, and learned more about the experiences we would be involved in upon arriving in Rwanda. We also learned the correct way to pronounce Rwanda (Gwan-da).
Have you checked out the FFA Design Studio? It’s a cool, new site where you can design your own FFA t-shirts and sweatshirts.
From now until September 9, 2011, you can design a National FFA Convention shirt and enter it into the National FFA Convention T-shirt Design Contest.
Will Allen provides us with a great real-world example of how agriculture makes a difference!
via Zak Suhar
17-year-old Jacob Schindler, an FFA member from Georgia, invented a device that uses helium to slow the rampant growth of kudzu. His invention was recently featured on CNN!
In many southern U.S. states, Kudzu grows at the rate of a foot a day during the summer, and 60 feet each season. If it’s not controlled, it covers and destroys anything in its path. Last year, Jacob participated in the National FFA Agriscience Fair.
You can follow him on Twitter @jthekudzukid.
This past spring, staff at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Ind. planted our first ever raised-bed vegetable garden. Volunteers worked diligently to build the beds and play tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, onions, carrots and radishes.
And today, we reaped our first (small) harvest!
So far, we have not used any chemicals to treat pests. We have had to deal with some pest damage as a result, but since the garden is small, we’ve been able to keep things mostly under control by picking off the pests by hand.
At first, we used an organic fertilizer for the garden, but we were not seeing good results. We have since switched to a new fertilizer that would not be considered organic. Since applying the new fertilizer, the plants are much healthier and are tolerating the extreme heat and conditions better.
Are you growing your own garden this summer? Got any good gardening tips and tricks for us? Let us know in the comments below!
Want to see more photos of our garden? Check out the National FFA Center garden photo album on our Facebook page.
Juniors, seniors named 2011 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan international interns
This summer, four FFA members are among a contingent of 18 high school students from seven states who will serve international internships fighting hunger and poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
FFA members Sarah Cox, Sarah Marketon, Ariana Shapiro and Anthony (A.J.) Wendt have been named 2011 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan international interns.
Blake Shelton to perform at the 2011 National FFA Convention.
Get ready for a wild night of country! The National FFA Organization presents the 2011 National FFA Convention concert featuring 2011 CMT Music Award winner and 2010 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton (also on NBC’s hit show The Voice), three-time Grammy nominee and 2011 CMT award nominee for Group Video of the Year Little Big Town and 2011 CMT award nominee for Duo Video of the Year Steel Magnolia.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Showtime: 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)
Place: Lucas Oil Stadium
Ticket Price: $40 for premium seats. $30 for regular seats.
Tickets are available only to convention attendees. Convention registration opens mid-August
For more information on convention entertainment and more, visit http://www.ffa.org/convention.