By: Ella Smith, Contributing Writer
Fashing’s SAE focuses on evaluating new varieties of grapes. He chose the vineyard as his SAE because he knows about grapes and has helped his parents since he was two. His goals for the year include building a winery, picking grapes and killing weeds. Fashing says his favorite part about working at the vineyard is being able to eat the ripe grapes.
While working at the vineyard, he has learned how to plant the grapes and prune the vines. When asking about what other skills he has learned, he stated, “Patience is a virtue. It takes three years from planting to the first harvest.” Fashing has previously earned an FFA award for proficiency in fruit production.
The objective of a Supervised Agricultural Experience is to work with educational programs to better prepare FFA students for their future careers. The simple skills such as communication and patience will help them succeed in life. Scott Stone, FFA advisor, says he has his students do an SAE for the learning experience. He says they can explore any career interest they may have and even find a field they might not want to follow. Stone said, “I hope they all have the chance to earn a profit, but I hope they can learn what areas they are interested in as a potential career.”