MINI-DOC: History of the Woodbury FFA

Andrew Coy and Rich Groben

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Courtesy of the Woodbury FFA

Ellis Clark, left, led in 1920 Woodbury’s first vocational agriculture class, which later became one of the nation’s first chapters of the FFA when it was established in 1928. The Woodbury FFA Chapter is one of the most recognized in the country.

Andrew Coy and Rich Groben

WOODBURY — One hundred one years ago, Ellis Clark founded a vocational-agricultural program for students in the Woodbury area.

Now, the Woodbury chapter of the Future Farmers of America — which calls its home base the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Center at Nonnewaug High School — is one of the largest and most prominent in the country.

With about 350 students and nine teachers, the program is unique from many others in the fact that it offers eight agricultural specialties. Teachers Jennifer Jedd and Tom DiMarco discussed some of the history, accomplishments, and current status of the Woodbury FFA.