Local FFA Members Raise Money at Barn Raising for Senior Trip

(BEDFORD) – The FFA and the North Lawrence Career Ag Center received a grant from the Bayer Fund and America’s Farmers Grow Education to construct the barn that will house a chicken and egg-producing program as well as calves.

Farming starts early in the morning, the sun rises above the horizon on the FFA Farm east of Bedford.

On Saturday, members of the student body, community members, and school leaders came out to help build the barn. Breakfast was served in the early morning hours, with an 11 a.m. lunch, 2 p.m. cakewalk and 4 p.m. ‘snowless snowball’ fight.

Several members of the community came to help the local FFA

Many of the students lacked some sleep as they attended the FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

“I attended the convention to learn more about animal welfare. Then, in my career, I hope to continue my studies in agriculture after high school,” said Brycelyn Yost President of local FFA group.

Angela Godsey, of Guthrie, prepares to feed the cattle on the FFA Farm Saturday morning.

Garrett Bierbaum has lived on a farm for most of his life with his family who raises crops such as soybeans and corn. They also raise swine. Bierbaum is also a Lawrence County 4-H member.

“I would like to be a heavy equipment mechanic but would like to also stay into farming. It’s been great to learn with my friends.” Bierbaum added.

The barn will house calves and chickens. Here the cows eat some ground feed early Saturday morning.

Part of the fundraising this year will allow seniors to attend their senior trip in the spring of 2020. The program teaches the students the power of hard work, and the satisfaction that hard work brings. Nothing is done for them; they have to earn it.

While others work on putting up the sides to the barn others work on the inside. Here they are preparing the chicken coop.

Several of the students helped set up for the breakfast and lunches while the others lent a hand in the barn building. There were plenty of smiles on the faces of the students and other community members who helped.

FFA students work to set up for Saturday’s Barn Raising