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Thank You Farmers Project

Waupun FFA

Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders
Waupun FFA advisor and members stand in a greenhouse inspecting tomato plants

As part of our Thank You Farmers Project, we are committed to ensuring the future of our nation’s food supply by supporting organizations like the National FFA. When our guests donate to the Thank You Farmers Project, that money directly helps fund local FFA chapters.

In Waupun, Wisconsin, the FFA chapter is working hard to give their students a robust agricultural education thanks to support from their local community and Culver’s.

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With 450 members and the largest FFA chapter in the state of Wisconsin, the Waupun FFA Chapter educates students through the use of greenhouses, animal care rooms, aquaponics labs and interactive classrooms with technology like a combine simulator.

“For companies to invest their money in those opportunities truly makes a difference for the kids. We are building our communities and Culver’s is a big part of that,” said Waupun teacher and FFA advisor Tari Costello.

“We are building our communities and Culver’s is a big part of that.”
– Tari Costello, Waupun FFA Advisor

The chapter also helps give students introductory experiences like showing animals at the local county fair with the support of local farmers mentoring the students throughout the process.

“It gives me a lot of confidence knowing there are organizations like Culver’s out there to support the industry because our leaders are sitting in classrooms, wearing the blue jacket,” said farmer and mentor Ronna. “I really feel confident that our industry’s future is really bright.”

Waupun FFA member and officer Samantha stands in a pen holding a chicken

To inspire future agricultural leaders, part of the FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership.

One Waupun FFA member and officer Samantha became inspired by her local chapter to advocate for an ordinance in the Waupun community to allow backyard chickens.

“I really feel confident that our industry’s future is really bright.”
– Ronna, farmer and mentor

Samantha also works at her local Culver’s restaurant and was motivated to apply for a job there because she knew how much her local restaurant has supported her FFA chapter.

“I think they really support the fact that we need our farmers and these agricultural careers to keep on going,” Samantha said.

To learn more about how Culver’s is helping to ensure our country’s future food supply by supporting our country’s future agricultural leaders, visit the Thank You Farmers Project page.