SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville Central School District unveiled its new greenhouse donated by The Chobani Foundation on Friday afternoon, along with highlighting the district’s resurrection of its Agricultural Science program and implementation of a Future Farmers of America chapter.
New York Senator James Seward, Assemblymen Gary Finch and Bill Magee were among dozens of supporters at the ribbon cutting, speaking on the importance of the agriculture industry in New York State and the necessity of educating young leaders.
“This is truly a great day for Sherburne-Earlville students and this school district, but it’s also a great day for agriculture here in Chenango County and this part of New York State,” said Seward.
Adding that he’s seen a resurgence of agriculture programs and FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapters formed in his senate district, Seward said, “It’s important to know where your food comes from and [it’s important] it be good quality food, supply for our residents. And also there’s so many educational opportunities that come with an Agricultural Science program.”
Sherburne-Earlville’s purchase of the greenhouse was made possible by a $25,000 donation from The Chobani Foundation. Seward, Finch, S-E Superintendent Eric Schnabl, S-E Agriculture Club advisor Scott Bugbee, and S-E Agriculture Club Vice President Edward Geier each thanked Chobani for its support, along with other community individuals and businesses who contributed with donations and with the construction.
Bugbee said, “This would not be possible without the foundation’s efforts. This all started with a conversation in fall of 2016 with a couple very good people, Don Brown and Cassie Treen, working as The Chobani Foundation’s reps.”..