Donated planter boxes help GROW exhibit

Boxes built by local FFA members will showcase forage crops to visitors of St. Louis museum.

By Rebecca Perry

The Edwards and Wabash County Farm Bureaus, in conjunction with the Edwards County FFA Chapter, recently built and donated five planter boxes to the Saint Louis Science Center GROW exhibit. 

The Science Center ran out of floor/ground space but wanted to showcase forage crops for its visitors. On a recent visit to the exhibit, Jason Balding, Edwards County Farm Bureau president, learned of the need from Maddie Earnest, GROW Gallery manager.

Balding then approached the Edwards and Wabash County Farm Bureau Boards of Directors about purchasing the planter boxes. After discussion, it was determined to have the boxes built by local FFA members and filled with dirt for the exhibit. 

Jay Massey, left, and Isaiah Pountain, Edwards County FFA members, help fill planter boxes with dirt. The duo, along with fellow basic ag mechanics class students, built the boxes for the Saint Louis Science Center GROW exhibit. (Photo by Rebecca Perry)
Jay Massey, left, and Isaiah Pountain, Edwards County FFA members, help fill planter boxes with dirt. The duo, along with fellow basic ag mechanics class students, built the boxes for the Saint Louis Science Center GROW exhibit. (Photo by Rebecca Perry)

Once the boxes were built, they were delivered by Farm Bureau members and FFA members who built them, to the Science Center.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students and our FFA chapter,” said Michelle Wiseman, Edwards County FFA adviser. “We were happy to help the local Farm Bureaus with this project, and to be able to showcase our FFA chapter at the same time.”

The GROW exhibit is the only permanent agricultural exhibit in the U.S. and is being supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau and several county Farm Bureaus. The Science Center is free to visitors, and the GROW exhibit is one of many exhibits at the facility. 

Rebecca Perry serves as Edwards County Farm Bureau manager.

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