|(TRENTON) –The Burlington Center Mall will be alive and blooming
April 8 through 10 as members of the
New Jersey FFA Association -- an educational
organization for students enrolled in
high school Agriculture, Food and Natural
Resources Education programs -- kick-off
the 28th annual three-day New Jersey
FFA Horticultural Exposition. All entries
are created by Agriculture, Food, and
Natural Resources Education students
and will be showcased on both floors
of the mall.
Students from 24 schools from across New Jersey will gather to compete for prizes
in three divisions – Horticulture, Arrangement and Permanent. More than
500 entries have been registered, and floral industry experts will determine
the winners of each class, as well as choose a Best of Division for each.
An FFA Floral Design career development event, sponsored by the New Jersey Florists’ Association,
will be held for students at 10 a.m. Friday. Students will be provided with floral
materials to create two floral arrangements and asked to calculate the retail
cost of each arrangement based on the costs of labor, materials and supplies.
Arrangements from the FFA Floral Design competition will then be donated to the
Masonic Home in Burlington.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education is a systematic program of
instruction available to students interested in learning about the science, business,
and technology of the agricultural industry. A complete Agricultural Education
program is composed of three components: classroom/laboratory instruction, individual
supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects, and FFA, which focuses on
leadership, personal and career development. More information is available on
the web at www.state.nj.us/agriculture/rural/ag_education.htm.
The New Jersey FFA Association, in the New Jersey Department of Agriculture,
has nearly 1700 members statewide, who are preparing for careers and leadership
in the agriculture industry.
The New Jersey FFA Horticultural Exposition will take place beginning
at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10 at the Burlington Center
Mall in Burlington Township, NJ.