Through our Thank You Farmers initiative, Culver’s guests have helped raise funds for local FFA chapters around the country, but how are those chapters using their donations? In addition to funding field trips, leadership opportunities and trips to conventions, the Antigo FFA Chapter is using money raised through Culver’s fundraisers to create a community garden at the high school.
“It was a good project for our chapter to start up.” – Samantha S., Antigo FFA President
The garden is not only an educational tool for the horticulture students who use it during the school year, it also brings volunteers together in the summer to care for it. The garden consists of ten raised beds arranged in a circular pattern around a tree that was planted in honor of an Antigo FFA alum who recently passed away. The students built the beds and handle the upkeep of the garden, where they grow a variety of produce, including peas, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli and beets. Once harvested, the produce is donated to local food pantries.
“It’s fun working with the kids in my chapter.” – Lauren R., Antigo FFA Reporter
Culver’s of Antigo has a special relationship with the local FFA chapter; they’ve organized regular Share Nights at the restaurant that benefit the student group. For the recent Scoops of Thanks Day fundraiser, the Antigo FFA set up a plant sale and petting zoo outside the restaurant, creating a fun event for the whole community. Culver’s guests have helped raise $1,000 to benefit the Antigo FFA chapter in the past year. Supporting the chapter and its projects, like the community garden, Antigo FFA secretary Alivia W. explained, “helps the community grow and work as one.”