Bowers Farm News

4H Member is Awarded College Scholarship
Bowers Farm 4H member Allie Schabel, 13, was the recipient of the MSU pre-college scholarship - a one-time $2,000 award from MSU Admissions for use during a student's first year at MSU (as either a degree-seeking incoming freshman or transfer student). The scholarship is applied automatically toward the student's first year at MSU as a full-time student. Allie received this scholarship, in part, because of her involvement with 4H Exploration Days at MSU. This will be Allie's 4th year showing animals at the Oakland County Fair. Congratulations, Allie! We are so incredibly proud of you.
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Kathleen Blust Receives 2019 Bowers Farm FFA Chapter Honorary Degree
Kathleen Blust was recently named the recipient of an FFA Honorary Degree, granted by the Bloomfield Hills Chapter of the FFA here at Bowers Farm. To receive this degree, the recipient has "rendered outstanding service while helping to advance agricultural educations for agricultural occupations and the FFA." Kathleen has devoted countless hours to the FFA program, assisting with instruction and utilizing her background to facilitate the best experiences for the members. Congratulations, Kathleen! This honor is so well-deserved!
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FFA Annual Banquet
On May 21st, our Bowers Farm FFA chapter held their annual banquet. Students were recognized for their year long contributions and growth. Members were honored with various awards for levels and commitments. First year students were honored for one year of program commitment, called a Green Hand Degree, and a minimum of 50 hours of out of school agricultural project work. Second year students with two years completion and 100 hours out of school project work received the Program Completer award. Those recognized with this award were: Sydney Crawford, Aaron Murray, Alex Delmotte and Josh Salhaney. Mrs. Jessica Lynn was also recognized for her efforts in helping this group flourish. Members and families enjoyed a catered meal and were moved by the retiring FFA officers' speeches. Congratulations on a great year!
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Bowers Garden Preparing for A Busy Season
Thanks to the help of many FFA members, as well as Bowers Staff, our garden is ready for spring and summer growth and has really taken off! This year's garden looks a little different than in the past. We moved to a permaculture type practice with less tilling. We are transitioning to smaller plots that are heavily mulched for weed control. This will help facilitate student engagement and make access to our harvest easier.
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Community Gardens in Full Bloom
Spring has sprung here at Bowers and our community gardens have taken flight. This year, we have 70 plots that are already bursting with new growth. It's a great community effort that demonstrates the possibilities that come with a working farm. Even more, the gardeners are able to exchange information and expertise with one another to help their gardens thrive. If you are interested in being put on our waiting list for a garden plot, please contact Jackie in our main office at 248.341.6481.
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Fair Season Is Here!
Fair Season is already in full swing! Our 4H and FFA members are working hard to prepare for representing the farm at the Oakland County Fair (July 5th-14th), showing over 40 animals and submitting projects in multiple categories in the Ellis Barn exhibits. The members work weekly to maintain their animals' health and well being by participating in chores and open barn events. Many have also participated in showmanship clinics in preparation for the rigorous judging the fair provides. Good luck to all 4H and FFA members! Thank you for representing Bowers Farm so well.
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