Miami East FFA visits Optimist Club

TROY — Recent visits to Costa Rica’s coffee, banana and pineapple plantations, were educational and fun for Marie Carity and Lauren Williams of the Miami East FFA.

The trip to Costa Rica was awarded to Lauren Williams for her basil specialty crop project from the national organization, and Advisor Marie Carity was proud to go along on behalf of Miami East. They were busy with educational and fun activities June 10-18. The trip gave them a global perspective of agricultural and customs diversity.

The coffee plantation visited supplies Starbucks and Maxwell House with product, and the decaf process was interesting. They described how all coffee beans start with caffeine. The banana plantation taught them that new banana plants are started from a portion of the trunk. Finally, the pineapple plantation provided a taste of the fruit without the core we get here in the States.

There was a lot of fun to be had by the group, which came from across the United States, as well. Restaurants, zip lining and other entertaining activities was provided by the Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel group.

Lauren Williams will be in her second year of college this fall studying Agricultural Communications at Ohio State University. This summer she is an intern with the Miami County Farm Bureau working with safety officials identifying the locations of life saving rescue tubes for first responders on grain elevator calls.

Marie Carity is versatile in her approach with the Miami East FFA students teaching welding, concrete principles among other unique topics. She has students at the Downtown Troy Farmer’s Market this season promoting homemade paper, herbs and vegetable, and dog treats.

The Troy Noon Optimist Club has been supporting the youth of Troy for 59 years. The club is involved in sponsoring the Hometown Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, the Hometown Holiday Celebration, our own “Avenue of Flags” and the Strawberry Festival. The “Avenue of Flags” program provides the majority of funds to support our scholarships awarded to Troy graduates, Oratorical Contest, The Lincoln Center, Girl Scouts, Destination Imagination, Sheriff’s Summer Youth Camp, Brukner Nature Center, Kids Read Now, and many others.