FFA Week is a time for FFA Members to raise awareness about the role of the National FFA in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.https://www.ffa.org/press-releases/ffa-members-celebrate-agriculture-and-leadership-during-national-ffa-week/
Olivia Moore received the FFA Shark Tank Grant in 2019 and invested it in her Agribusiness: Moore Goodness.
Years in FFA:
What do you enjoy most about FFA:
While it is hard for me to narrow it down to one thing, I would say I enjoy the networking opportunities FFA provides more than anything. Through my time in FFA, I have been able to attend numerous events within the state of Kentucky whether that be FFA camp, rising Sun Conference, Regional Competition day, among other, and even had the chance to participate in national level events such as Washington Leadership Conference as well as being a member of the National FFA Chorus. Through these experiences, I not only get to build friendships that last a lifetime, but it opens the doors for me to connect with young people who are interested and engaged in the agriculture industry much like myself. It is often through these friendships and connections that I get the best look into the ag industry on a national scale while building a true family of FFA members across my state and nation.
Tell us about your Agribusiness:
My Agribusiness/SAE, Moore Goodness, is a farm to fork produce operation focused on providing fresh, local, reliable product to my community. I began my business in 2017 and have expanded it exponentially since then. Through various grant opportunities along with the support of my family, ag teachers, and community, I have been able to grow what started as a small family garden into a garden that is just under 2/10ths of an acre. Additionally, I have recently gotten into greenhouse operations. I initiated greenhouse production in the early spring of 2019 by converting a 9×10 chicken hoop coop into a starter greenhouse. I am now preparing to construct an 18x20ft greenhouse with water, electric, heating/cooling, and grow benches. My products include fresh product boxes in the summer (a 10lb box of assorted summer vegetables as available through the growing season), potted mums and Indian corn in the fall (my hope is to sell fall displays this coming fall; these will ideally consist of straw bales, mums, gourds, Indian corn, corn shocks, and pumpkins). Lastly, through the implementation of the greenhouse I hope to start up spring salad bowl production for the spring season.
How are you and your chapter celebrating national FFA Week?
This year we are kicking off National FFA Week the Friday before with a “Fun in Ag Class Day”. For FFA Week, we start it out with “FFA Goes to Church” (chapter members attend our chapter Sentinel’s church service Sunday morning in official dress). For week days, we have a spirit week in which members dress up for themed days. Additionally, our chapter visits our County Clerk’s Office for a National FFA Week Proclamation Signing, a few of our members visit local radio stations to speak on FFA Week, we cook meals for firefighters at local fire stations, help out with our local middle school chapter with service projects they put on for FFA Week, and end our week with a 3 on 3 chapter basketball tournament.
Do you use Tarter Equipment? Which product is your favorite?
Yes. As I have started venturing into herb production, I have found great use in the oval raised bed planters. These are especially useful in my beginning stages of greenhouse production. Tarter equipment is beneficial for me as a young entrepreneur because it is sturdy, reliable, and long lasting.