The La Porte-Dysart FFA chapter was honored as one of eight Iowa FFA chapters to receive a $1,500 grant from the Iowa Food & Family Project. The program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer in cooperation with the Iowa FFA Foundation.

The La Porte-Dysart FFA chapter is creating a community orchard that will also serve as an outdoor horticulture laboratory for the Union Community Schools and the local Master Gardner program. Elementary and high school students will apply classroom knowledge to maintaining the space including planting, weeding and harvesting crops from the orchard. Fruit produced at the orchard will be marketed to the school’s food service and sold locally.

The group is vying for a $2,000 Award of Excellence that will be awarded to the chapter determined to have conducted the most innovative and successful project.

For more information about the project, go to