FFA Takes Part in Alpaca Farm Trail Days
Medina Central School District Agricultural Education teacher Todd Eick and his FFA students recently took part in an Alpaca Farm Trail Days the weekend of September 25-26th. The model farm at the High School became a destination stop along with three other farms including Ladue Alpacas (Brockport), Mayfield’s Equestrian and Alpacas (Albion) and Stoney Meadow Alpacas (Holley). “We were invited to join the other farms based on our previous work and experience with Stoney Meadow Alpacas from Holley,” explains Mr. Eick.
The twenty students, who took part, had a great time meeting with members of the community (estimated to be over 300) and educating them about their animals and the products they make along with some demonstrations. Brooke Moden, the FFA Chapter Reporter says, “For the first year doing this, we had a great turnout and our FFA team had a great time interacting with the community and telling them what our AgEd program is all about. We loved educating our visitors about the animals and we allowed them to walk them and get super close to them. We have much planned for our farm and we hope for it to grow bigger and better as the years come.”
Mr. Eick says he got nothing but positive feedback about the weekend. “Most attendees were surprised and amazed that Medina CSD supported a real working farm on campus as a hands-on opportunity for students. A few had commented how much they learned from the students and found it fascinating to see how engaged, professional and knowledgeable our AgEd students are.”
Middle School Music teacher Jeanette Sheliga.
Freshman Tyler Allen and Fiesta the llama.
Sophomore Iyla Lilleby demonstrating one of the FFA’s knitting machines.
Serenity Baumgart (far right) giving two visitors an up-close experience with Della, one of the school’s five alpacas.