Nevada agriculture education students and FFA members recently harvested, processed and marketed pumpkins. By collaborating with Jensen Farms of Ankeny, Nevada High School students and FFA members harvested and marketed over 200 pumpkins to individuals and the Nevada Fareway store. In addition, some pumpkins were donated within the school system for art class, and the volleyball team activity.
Over 70 pumpkins were loaded on a trailer and truck coming from Des Moines south side where a work bench and vice were picked up. “It was great we were able to double load that night,” said Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor. Several students and Mr.Cooper harvested in the Jensen field southeast of Ankeny on Monday, Oct. 9. The pumpkins were large and made for a heavy load on the trailer and truck coming back. At school student cleaned the pumpkins and began marketing. An entourage of students traveled to the Nevada Fareway to market a load of 90 pumpkins, which were delivered on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Several local buyers and school employees purchased pumpkins at the high school ag mechanics and greenhouse service center.
“The pumpkins were really large, and high quality, my kids just loved them!” stated Dustin Johns of Collins. Jensen Farms donated the pumpkins to Nevada FFA. Four of the Jensen John Deere tractors were rebuilt and restored projects for the county and state fair and exhibited by Tyler McDonald. Some fall mums were also sold to pumpkin customers. “Certainly a successful activity that was efficient within a eight-day time frame” added Cooper. The current pumpkin and fall mum sales comes to well over $850.