The Harrells Christian Academy FFA Chapter was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. On April 21, the chapter hosted a check presentation in conjunction with the HCA Spring Fling. Jason Davis, the North Carolina State FFA Coordinator, presented the check to the HCA FFA chapter on behalf of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
The grant monies, which totaled $4,993.50, were used to help offset the costs of the equipment inside of the new 35-foot by 72-foot greenhouse facility through the purchase of tables, water hoses, planting materials, and supplies for a mum growing area.
As a part of a partnership between the North Carolina FFA Association and the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, this joint effort, which is in its fifth year, has given out over $700,000 to agriculture education programs across the state. All of the grant monies are used for innovative and sustainable projects designed to enhance teaching and provide subjects that meet the needs of the agriculture industry.
This grant was a portion of an ongoing capital fundraising campaign that will fund an agriculture education complex at Harrells Christian Academy. Once completed, the complex will include three acres of land, the already-completed greenhouse, and a hunter safety range. Future plans for the agriculture education complex include an agriculture mechanics shop as well as a forestry range.