On Thursday, July 20, Abigail Adair, an intern at WinField, visited Story City to investigate and report on produce, projects and progress at the Roland-Story FFA Community Garden. WinField has sponsored the garden for the last few years and periodically sends employees to inspect the garden. This year, three FFA officers volunteered to give a tour of the garden. The group was also joined by local WinField agronomy research specialists Nathan Pohlen and Brandon Parsons.

While at the garden, the FFA officers described the planning, planting, weeding, harvesting and donating processes. The weather this spring was problematic, which forced FFA members to plant in short bursts when conditions were favorable. Regardless, the garden is currently growing well and has needed minimal supplemental watering, despite the dry weather.

“I am very well pleased with our accomplishments so far this summer. We’ve donated almost 400 pounds of fresh produce and the FFA members working the garden site have volunteered nearly 80 hours of time to this worthy project,” said FFA instructor Brad Taylor.

Swiss chard, radishes, peas, onions, peppers, zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers are a few of the FFA produce items that have already been donated to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry this year. Furthermore, the newly planted, 12-tree, orchard is outstanding, and the chapter plans to double the size next year, if the trees continue to thrive.