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Illinois FFA Center Message-2/29/2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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1) Licoln Heirloom Tomatoes & Old State Capitol

2) Foundation Certificates



Lincoln Heirloom Tomatoes & Old State Capitol


The Old State Capitol Historic Site has partnered with the Illinois FFA and is offering several opportunites for Illinois FFA Chapters as follows:

1)  The Old State Capitol site in Springfield has two Community Garden plots on the grounds and is offering FFA chapters in the Springfield area the opportunity to assist with the gardens this summer.  Chapters interested in planting and caring for one of the gardens should contact Justin Blandford, Site Manager, Old State Capitol Historic Site by e-mail at [email protected].  Chapters will have the opportunity to plant and tend for Lincoln Heirloom tomatoes in the garden or plant and tend for a typical garden from Lincoln's time.  This is a great opportunity for chapters to manage one of the community gardens and showcase FFA to the many people who visit the site.  Justin is also looking for area FFA chapters who would like to start the seeds in their greenhouse and either sell the plants or grow the plants and sell the tomatoes from the plants at the Farmer's Market in Springfield.  He has offered to set up a table at the Old State Capitol on saturday mornings during the Farmer's Market for FFA chapters so they can sell the plants or tomatoes as a fund raiser for the chapter.   

2)  Lincoln Heirloom tomato seeds will be made available to FFA chapters who can use them as a fund raiser or as a community service project.  Chapters can start the plants in their greenhouse and either sell the plants or tomatoes or they can raise the tomatoes and donate them to a food bank, nursing home, etc. in their local community.  Chapters who receive tomato seeds are asked to post pictures and information on the USDA's facebook page dedicated to the Lincoln Heirloom tomatoes.  Chapters are also asked to keep track of the amount of tomatoes the raise for competion to see which chapter produces the most pounds of tomatoes during the summer.

3) Individual FFA members can also use the Lincoln Heirloom tomatoes as a Agri-Science Project.  They can do a comparison with current varieties of tomatoes for production or compare the Lincoln Heirloom tomatoes with other varieties for taste, etc.

Please note we do not currently have any seed packets available.  They have been ordered from the USDA and we are waiting to receive them.  If you have already requested a packet of seeds, we will get them to you once we receive them.  Please note the above information concerning posting pictures and information on the USDA facebook page.  Also note the plants/tomatoes are to be used for a fund raiser or donated to a good cause in your community.  

Local chapters in the Springfield area should contact Justin Blandford ASAP if you are interested in #1 above.  All arrangements for the community gardens should be made with Justin.  Chapters interrested in sell plants or tomatoes at the Farmer's Market in Springfield should contact Justin so he knows you are interested.

If you have questions, you can contact Associate Executive Secretary Frank Dry. 

  



Foundation Certificates


We are in the process of converting our Foundation collection drive data to a new computer program.  As with any new program, we have experienced a few minor bugs and are getting them worked out.  We will be sending Foundation certificates out as soon as possible, but may not be able to get them to chapters who have early banquets.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Chapters are reminded it is very helpful if you e-mail Tammy with the date you need certificates.  We will do our best to get certificates to you in time for your banquet.  In some cases we may send them with the State FFA Officer who will be speaking at your banquet. 



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