SAE Spotlight for Southwest FFA

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Southwest student Joey Patterson is pictured with some of the animals he works with for his SAE project. Contributed photo

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.