Shawn Carbaugh shows Spring Grove Middle School students a hay knife during the Spring Grove High School's Future Farmers Club Rollin' Tractor Show. (Randy Flaum)
In 1971, when Lance Beard attended Dallastown High School, he belonged to the Future Farmers of America. He now owns a towing business in Jacobus but wants to share his vocational experience with any students who want to learn about farming and agriculture.
That's why Beard was among others who own tractors, engines and plows who showed up at Spring Grove Middle School recently for an event put on by the Spring Grove High School Future Farmers Club.
The Rollin' Tractor Show gave middle school students a chance to learn about farming and agriculture.
Spring Grove High School does not yet have a chapter of the Future Farmers of America because they do not yet have an agriculture course, according to Melissa Nace, the club's supervisor.
About four years ago a small group of students approached Nace about forming the club.
"We began with five students," Nace says. "We now have 35."
Members of the club got to bring their equipment to the middle school and to talk about the field.
Shawn Carbaugh also volunteered at the show. He left Spring Grove High School to attend York County School of Technology, from which he graduated in 2006, so he can take part in their agricultural program and join the Future Farmers of America.
Carbaugh said he is happy with the direction of Spring Grove's club. He adds "It helps them learn about agriculture more and helps bring them into this field so we can have farmers in the future, which we need because we can't eat without farmers."