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North Buncombe FFA members share their love of the land

About 300 students from Barnardsville, Weaverville and North Buncombe attended Agriculture Awareness Day. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some North Buncombe High School students said there's more to farming than cows, plows and sows.

"My name is Josh McKinney. I'm a senior at North Buncombe High School. And this right here is my 1,600 pound certified Black Angus heifer Maltilda," McKinney said, by way of introduction to the students attending the school's Agriculture Awareness Day.

The 3-year-old Matilda drinks 30-50 gallons of water a day and eats 15-35 pounds of feed.

McKinney, along with other members of the Future Farmers of America, hope to inspire a new generation of farmers. They want the second-graders who attended the event to have a better understanding of the horticulture, animals and technology that's involved in producing the food we eat and the clothes we wear.

"I think it's good for everyone to learn about agriculture, like where things come from and where their food comes from," freshman Emma said.

"In our core values of the FFA, we really value responsibility, respect, citizenship," Josh, a senior said. "It's a thing that is sadly disappearing in today's society, and the FFA is one of the honey holes that still has it, and I love it. I love the young children coming down here, and I hope at least one of them decides to join the FFA because of this."

About 300 students from Barnardsville, Weaverville and North Buncombe attended Agriculture Awareness Day.

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