Introducing Shaley Barnes of the Wellston FFA Chapter, Your 2022 Central Area Star in AgribusinessMon, 18 Apr 2022 09:07:01 CDT
During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the 17 Area Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization.
The stars come from the five areas in four categories- Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agricultural Production
This week, we spotlight the five area stars in Agribusiness in 2022.
One Star Finalist featured in the coming days from each of the categories, will be named the State Star Award Winner during the 96th Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up May 3 and 4th in Tulsa, Okla.
This week, our coverage of the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists continues with Agribusiness competitor, Shaley Barnes, of the Wellston FFA chapter representing the Central Area.
Barnes project involved her two business, Sha’s Nursery and Sha’s Produce.
Sha’s Nursery is a greenhouse operation, Barnes said, and is a facility she uses to raise cacti, succulents and foliage. Sha’s produce is a canned good and garden operation, she added.
Barnes said she sells all of her items out of her 17-foot travel trailer which she uses to travel to different farmer markets and festivals.
“I enjoy the sales,” Barnes said. “I typically set up in my front yard for sales just so I can sell to my community.”
Barnes said she started her business venture off in 2020 to help her community have food stability in an uncertain time. It is nice to have her travel trailer, Barnes added, which allows her to sell in exciting new places.
Barnes is grateful for the help of her ag teacher and family members for giving her plants to start off with. Barnes received a greenhouse for her 15th birthday, she said, which helped her start growing her many different products.
“I am admitted into Oklahoma State University and hoping to minor in horticulture,” Barnes said.
Barnes hopes to continue with her businesses in whatever area she moves to in the future.
“I am actually going to become a mathematics teacher,” Barnes said. “I am very excited to do that and to continue it on to a new area, and my parents will continue it in the area we still have in Wellston.”
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