SAE Spotlight for Southwest FFA
The following is a Q&A with Joey Patterson, a Southwest FFA member participating in a supervised agricultural experience project.
Q: Explain in your words what an SAE project is and what this means to you.
A: An SAE project begins when one decides to work on their own and take charge of hands-on job learning. This gives me a chance to express myself while inspiring others through doing something that I love.
Q: What is your SAE?
A: For my SAE project, I manage “our sweetwater farm” with Lily and Nate Palmer. Each day I will feed goats, sheep, turkey, chickens and dogs, and occasionally do other farm work.
Q: What about your SAE interests you?
A: The part that interests me the most is that every day, I get to go outside and work with a large variety of animals.
Q: How can this opportunity help in your future?
A: This opportunity is already preparing me for my future by teaching me responsibility and independence in the workplace.
Q: What have you found to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses through your SAE project?
A: My greatest strength is thinking and working independently under stressful conditions. My greatest weakness is that sometimes I begin to work without thinking things all the way through.
Q: Has this experience helped you make any decisions regarding your future career?
A: By working on a farm, it made clear to me that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. In the future, I hope to own both animals and crops.