During a brainstorming session FFA members “hatched” the idea for the Chicks
on the Grow hunger awareness that may be
able to “kill two birds with one stone” by developing a program that will
benefit both the elementary and middle school science needs while helping meet
the needs for more high quality protein foods for our local food banks.
on the Grow hunger awareness poultry project will educate students about the
agriculture industry and the need to address hunger issues using
teacher/student developed lab kits and curriculum. With the assistance of FFA members,
elementary and middle school teachers will use these kits to hatch and rear chicks to different stages then return
them for use in the FFA’s poultry program where meat and eggs are provided for
meals to help 400 + needy families in our local community. We expect to hatch over 600 chicks in the first year that will be given to FFA members for SAE projects and used by the
agriscience department’s poultry production operation.
agreements with FFA members that received birds will specify that 1/3 of the
production will be returned to the food banks and/or given directly to families
in need. Families that qualify will have
the opportunity to have layers or broilers donated directly to them for the adopt-a-flock backyard chicken projects that will provide a valuable protein source
and give back to the food pantries any ‘egg-cess’ they may produce.
If you are interested in the adopt-a-flock program or the Chicks on the Grow classroom presentations, please e-mail us at email@example.com to be added to our list of interested participants. Join us and get 'Egg-cited' about agriculture in your backyard!