FFA Farmhand Program's success has evolved to hiring students part-time during our Spring and Fall Seasons.

 

Volunteer Students in Hamster Roller
Students from Lake Mills, Fort Atkinson, Whitewater

The mission at Busy Barns Adventure Farm of Fort Atkinson is to provide its guests with acres of fun, unique experiences and memorable farm adventures while increasing the awareness, understating and appreciation of agriculture. One way they accomplish this is with the assistance of students who have a strong interest and experience in agriculture.

 

Student Presenting on the Hayride
FFA student presenting on
the hayride

 

In the fall of 2009, Busy Barns Farm established the FFA Farmhand Program when 35 members of the Fort Atkinson FFA chapter volunteered at different stations throughout the farm. These stations include teaching at the simulated milking cow “Holly the Holstein”, assisting families as they interact with the farm animals and
presenting on the hayride.

 

Student Face Painting
Student face painting, raising funds for FFA scholarships.

 

As a farmhand, the student’s role is to provide a fun and safe learning environment at Busy Barns Farm. Students are asked teach agricultural facts when interacting with farm guests. Most of the farms visitors are removed from agriculture and the students provide the connection between their interest and experiences in agriculture for the families visiting.

 

Student Working with Farm Animals
FFA student teaching about farm animals.

 

Around the farm, the students are easily recognized by their Busy Barns name tag and the FFA Farmhand long-sleeve shirts that the farm provides.

 

 

Student Presenting about Wool
Student presenting
on sheep and wool.

 

During Busy Barn Farms 2013 spring and fall season, over 80 FFA members from 7 different chapters in Jefferson County gained experience working with children and educating the public about agriculture. Those students, eighth-grade through seniors, who volunteered at least two, 4-hour shifts at Busy Barns Farm, were eligible to receive their Outstanding FFA Farmhand Award.
The award recipients can choose to use their scholarship money towards FFA sponsored activities or for their college education.

As a result of the program's success, students are currently hired as part-time employees during our Spring and Fall seasons.

 

Students with FFA Farmhand Awards


FFA Farmhand Awards are presented to select students for demonstrating specific skills, such as Best Educator, and Friendliest.