Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 04, 1998, Image 60

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    820-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 4, 1998
Bermudian FFA Members
Awarded For Efforts
Parents, members, adminis
trators, and local supporters
gathered in the Bermudian
Springs High School on
Thursday, April 30 to honor
achievements by members dur
ing the past year. Pennsylvania
State FFA President and Vice
President, Joy Hess and Dale
Thomas, respectively, were pre
sent for the banquet. Thomas
was the featured guest speaker.
Adams County Apple degree, from left, Chris
Hollabaugh, Justine Sassaman, Melissa Smethers, and
Phil Frankford.
Bermudian FFA Proficiency Award winners, from left,
Shannon Holtzinger, Andrew Seymore, and Justine
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Chapter degrees, from left, John Prosser, Andrew
Seymore, Shannon Holtzinger, and Samantha Martin.
Bermudian FFA Greenhand degrees, from left, Justin
Anderson, Ryan Frankford, and Lacey Gayman.
He encouraged members to take
advantage of opportunities that
await them and strive to achieve
their very best.
More than 120 people attend
ed the annual gathering at the
high school. School officials pre
sent included superintendent,
Dr. Gerald Soltis; assistant
superintendent, Dr. Michelle
Bortner, high school principal,
Dale Heineman; and high school
assistant principal, Russel
Greenholt. Several BSSD Board
Bermudian FFA Scholarship
winner, Carrie Stevens.
members, young farmers, and
FFA Alumni were among other
The 1997-98 Bermudian FFA
officers held their last meeting
and welcomed the new leaders
for 1998-1999 school year. They
are as follows: president,
Andrew Seymore; vice president
Justine Sassaman; secretary,
Kory Fitz; treasurer, Phil
Frankford; reporter, Ryan
Frankford; sentinel, Chris
Hollabaugh; student adviser,
John Prosser; historian,
Shannon Holtzmger; and chap
lain, Melissa Smethers
Chapter awards for the
evening were presented by the
L 997-1998 officer team and
advisers Dianna Dellinger and
John Wardle They are. Star
Greenhand, Ryan Frankford;
Star Chapter Farmer, Shannon
Holtzmger; Dekalb Award.
Roxanne Ruhlman; and out
standing agriculture student,
Jennifer Westfall.
Proficiency awards, equine
science (entrepreneurship),
Justine Sassaman; diversified
livestock production fentrepre
neurship), Roxanne Ruhlman;
agriculture systems manage
ment (placement), Chad
Hollabaugh; beef production
(entrepreneurship), ■ Andrew
Seymore; dairy production
(entrepreneurship and place
ment), Shannon Holtzmger; and
public speaking, Shannon
Farm Credit Award, SAE
Recordkeeping Contest, Shannon
Holtzinger. Scholarship Award,
Get More From Vegetable Gardening
The classic, scarecrow-guard
ing, creates a
lovely picture of order. But if you
are limited on space, you can't
sacrifice precious vegetable
yielding soil to walkways
between rows.
Intensive gardening is the
answer for the gardener who
wants to conserve space, or the
number of steps taken - literally
- to get gardening chores done.
The goal with intensive garden
ing is to harvest the most pro
duce possible from a given
amount of space, said Ohio State
University horticulturists. You
do this by.creating an ideal
plant environment to get better
yields with less labor.
Most intensive gardens are
designed in raised beds. While
the raised bed gives you the
opportunity to provide your
plants with plenty of deep, rich
soil, you can still incorporate the
principles of intensive garden
ing into any type of garden
The first maxim of intensive
gardening is simple - if you
don't have room for plants to
grow out, take them up
Vining and sprawling plants
such as tomatoes, cucumbers,
squash and pole beans are all
vertical candidates. Train the
HnKhT.Vl 8 " Keystone degrees, from left, Chad
Hollabaugh, and Roxanne Ruhlman.
Shannon dia H n n .. F - A ’ from Jett Star Chapter Farmer,
Frankfort HoltZmger and Star Greenhand, Ryan
Came Stevens. Greenhand
Degrees, Justin Anderson, Matt
Brandt, Rob Connelly, Anna
Fissel, Ryan Frankford, Jason
Keene, Lacey Gayman, and Jess
Chapter degrees, Kory Fitz,
Shannon Holtzinger, Samantha
Martin. Kari Ruhlman, John
Prosser, and Andrew Seymore.
Adams County apple degrees,
Phil Frankford, Chris
plants to poles, trellises or cages
to leave more room on the
ground for other plants. Some
plants, like peas, entwine them
selves without any help; others,
like tomatoes, need to be tied.
Keep in mind, though, that
these trellised plants will cast a
shadow. Plant shade-tolerant
crops such as lettuce to take
advantage of the reprieve from
the summer sun.
Interplanting is the other
essential step to intensive gar
dening. Basically, you plant two
or more types of veggies close
together at the same time. But
don't go planting all your plants
close together; there is a science
to this.
First, take into account the
plants’ growth period, root
depth, height, season, and light
and nutrient requirements. You
want to interplant short-rooted
crops next to long-rooted crops,
fast-maturing next to all-season
long plants, and shade tolerant
plants next to tall plants
Once you choose the compan
ion crops, you can interplant
them any number of ways. The
most common is to alternate
rows witlqn a bed. You also can
distribute various species
throughout the bed.
Hollabaugh, Justine Sassaman,
Melissa Smethers, and Jen
Westfall. Keystone Degrees,
Chad Hollabaugh, Jen Westfall,
and Roxanne Ruhlman.
Honorary Chapter Degrees,
Russell Greenholt, assistant
principal; Deb Tate, diversified
occupations director; and the
late Ken Simpson, head of main
To avoid crowding, space the
plants so the center of one plant
is the same distance from the
center of the plants around it.
The spacing distance on the seed
packet is the distance from the
center of one plant to the center
of the next.
To figure this dimension out
for different plants, add the cen
ter distance of the two different
plants you are interplanting
together (for example, leaf let
tuce = 4 inches, and green pep
pers = 12 inches, total = 16),
then divide in half to determine
your final spacing. You should
plant lettuce 8 inches from pep
per plants.
The close spacing creates a
solid leaf canopy, so weeds have
a tougher time growing, but
they are far enough apart that
the plants don't compete for
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