Southridge FFA receives grants

By Herald Staff

HUNTINGBURG — The Southridge FFA chapter in Huntingburg has been awarded a Yearlong Living to Serve Grant in the amount of $3,000, a Farm Credit Service Grant in the amount of $1,500 and a donation from Blesch Brothers Equipment Co. in the amount of $1,500. The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant is a nationwide program that provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support yearlong service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement.

Southridge FFA plans to help address food awareness by developing a community garden through the sustainable efforts of aquaponics, a system that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics into one cyclical production system. With help from community and school leaders, the students within this team intend to spread the educational and beneficial knowledge and products that will stem from this project throughout the school corporation and community for years to come. Members of the community will be able to not only help with the production of plants in raised beds across the community but also receive the results of our shared labor.

The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant program provided over $284,000 to FFA chapters in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 2021-2022 Yearlong Living to Serve Grants are sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, Cargill, CoBank, Domino’s and Elanco. For more information and a complete listing of sponsors, visit

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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