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Nettleton FFA Teaches Students About Agriculture And Philanthropy

Posted by Allie Martin | August 07, 2012 / 05:09pm | Education
NETTLETON, MISS. (WCBI) - One day a week, the classroom for Nettleton Ag students is an acre and a half plot of land where they're busy, picking peas.

They're filling five gallon buckets full of purple hull peas.
It's part of an initiative by the Land O Lakes Foundation to alleviate  hunger in rural communities.

Nettleton is one of 17 communities nationwide where the International  Dairy company is funding community gardens.

Students say the work isn't too hard, but the weather can be brutal.

"It's worth it in the end,  a lot of people will really appreciate  what we're doing out here, I think," said Dillon Pittman, Nettleton High School FFA President.

After the peas are picked, they are shelled, and rinsed off, then they  are brought here to Tupelo's Salvation Army.  The fresh produce will  help feed thousands every month.

"With it being fresh, it's good for the individuals who come to our  soup line, it gives them a chance to have something they haven't had  before," said Maj. Sue Dorman, of the Tupelo Salvation Army.

She also says the  project will help a lot of people, as needs are always increasing.

"We also share that through the food boxes we give away," Maj. Dorman said.

As students work and sweat through this project, they are learning  valuable life lessons.

"They're here to get an education at school and to learn but I think  the important thing we need to teach them as teachers and adults is  that no matter what you have in life, you always need to share and to  help others that are less fortunate," said Jesse Cornelius, Nettleton FFA Advisor and Ag teacher.

"It gives me a good feeling when I get home at night knowing that I  helped somebody besides myself," said Nettleton FFA Vice President Kayla Jackson.

This is the second year for Nettleton's FFA program to be involved with the Land O' Lakes community garden initiative.

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