The National FFA Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant to FFA member Miranda Maggart of Casstown.
Maggart is a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and was selected over 600 applicants nationwide. Maggart will use the grant funding to expand her specialty crop supervised agricultural experience (SAE).
Maggart raises pink pumpkins, the Porcelain Doll, and donates half of all proceeds to breast cancer research. The grant money will be used to purchase her own gardening equipment so she will not have
to borrow from her family. She also raises chrysanthemums that she markets at the Troy Farmers Market in the fall. She offers a variety of colors to her customers and will use the grant money to expand her plants by 50% so that she can offer more selection to her customers.
“I had some family members that had cancer and I knew people who had breast cancer. The money goes toward research for finding cures for cancer,” she said. “This has opened multiple doors for me. It will help me for college and for my future. I wasn’t even going to fill out the application and my teacher encouraged me to try it. I never thought that I would be that one person who got it, and I was.”
The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their SAE, a requirement that all FFA members must complete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion of the grant fiscal year, grant recipients must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.