FFA Club Garden
N.C. Cooperative Extension of Cherokee County is helping the Murphy Middle School FFA club start a market garden to be used as a teaching and fundraising experience. Middle school teacher and FFA leader Anne Franklin schedules work days and coordinates the marketing efforts of harvested produce. Agriculture Agent Keith Wood demonstrates planting techniques, proper fertilization, weed control and harvest. The club desires to sell produce to the school system eventually. To do that, the club will have to be Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) certified. There are plans to teach GAP and other food safety practices to the club. To date, the club has sold over $300 worth of produce to various individuals and a local restaurant.