Ryan King, FFA advisor and agricultural science teacher at Lancaster Mennonite High School, recently organized a project for about 45 FFA students as part of the Farmers Care initiative of the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau that included a donation of food to the Lighthouse Youth Center in Oxford.

The Lighthouse provides free meals for community children. The Lighthouse gave King a list of needed food items, and the students took the lead in purchasing as many of the items as they could.

Through this project, FFA students learned valuable lessons about budgeting for food expenses and helping others. “I thought this was a very good learning opportunity,” King said. “They got to see how much food costs, plus they learned to give back.”

King and three LMH students from Chester County – David Lambert, Ethan Beiler and Anna Reyburn – delivered the food to the Lighthouse.

“Food is one way that we help kids out – and spread the love of Christ as well,” King said.

The Hans Herr Chapter of FFA at Lancaster Mennonite High School has regular in-school meetings one period per week in facilities devoted to agriculture and technology. At LMH, FFA students can choose from a variety of agriculture-related courses and are required to take at least one agriculture course each year.

Agriculture education provides opportunities for learning in the applied sciences, technology and business environment. The agricultural sciences create opportunities which challenge students to apply the scientific method to areas as diverse as landscaping, forest management and animal nutrition. Students develop vocational skills and knowledge necessary for work in the local and global communities. Emphasis is placed on Christian stewardship of natural resources and biblical ethics in work and business.