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TBA Agriscience/Natural Resources Program Information
Our FFA Chapter prepares students with leadership and job skills. Our awards include:
1 National Gold Award-National FFA Floriculture Skills Contest
3 National Silver Awards-National FFA Floriculture Skills Contests
10 State Gold Awards-State FFA Floriculture Skills Contests
7 State Gold Awards-State FFA Landscape/Nursery Skills Contests
4 State Gold Awards-State FFA Greenhouse Skills Contest
Numerous Regional Gold Awards in Demonstration, Public Speaking, and Job Interview  Contests

The Agriscience/Natural Resources class is involved in FFA. Our chapter participates in many community projects and members compete in skills contests.

Community Involvement

Over the years the TBA Agriscience/Natural Resources program has been involved in many Community Service Projects including:


• Earth Day activities with local elementary schools
• Planting over 500 trees along the TART trail and around the Traverse City area
• Developing trails in the Reffitt Nature Reserve and the Boardman River Project
• Landscaping Mill Creek Elementary School, Elk Rapids High School, and Cherry Knoll

• Growing the bedding plants for the city of

  Traverse City for many years
• Landscaping many nonprofit agencies in

  Traverse City
• Donating plants and flowers to medical care

  facilities every year
• Helping with restoration of land to native

  species for Grand Traverse Land Conservancy
• Participating in Water Watch and Stream Search
• Growing plants for Open Space garden (2004)



Business Advisors



Jessica Alpers, GT County Soil Conservation  

Christina Barkel, SEEDS  

Anna Blight, TBACTC Instructor  

Charlie Coy, TBACTC Maintenance  

Roberta Dow, MSU Plant Science  

Tom Emling, MSU-Community Partners  

Dayzee Galarza-Arlt, Student  

Tafetta Gle, TBACTC ELA Instructor  

Carrie Gray, Buckley High School  

Chris Griffin   

Bill Klein, MSU NW MI Hort Station  

Janell Laven, Parent  

Kallista Laven, Student  

Juliana Lisuk, SEEDS  

Peg Mahaffy   

Brian Matchett, Inst. of Agricultural Technology  

Taylor Moore, Goodwill Northern Michigan  

Bill Palladino, Taste the Local Difference  

Hess Piskor   

Cindy Powers, Parent  

Emilee Powers, Student  

Sarah Shelp, SEEDS  

Beth Stephens, Parent  

Jennifer Stephens, Student  

Bill Watson, SEEDS