Herb butter earns a prize for GHS students

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Nov 06, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Photo: Kelsey Bridges, left, and Courtney Campbell, members of FFA at Gloucester High School, inspect the herbs growing in the school hothouse. The girls make a great special butter. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

Kelsey Bridges, left, and Courtney Campbell, members of FFA at Gloucester High School, inspect the herbs growing in the school hothouse. The girls make a great special butter. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

Kelsey Bridges and Courtney Campbell, seniors at Gloucester High School working as partners in the FFA State Horticulture Demonstration at the Virginia State Fair, returned home in sixth place, out of 22 teams participating.

Courtney had participated in this type of competition last year and brought home an award. This year was Kelsey’s debut and Courtney was there to help.

Kelsey says she loves to cook and she does a lot of it at home. "I love preparing Italian foods and making herb butter is something my mom and I had been doing together at home." Thus she had a great topic for the competition. Her project began with planting the herbs, harvesting them and then creating the herb butter (cilantro, basil, parsley, to name a few) from stick butter, which was then molded into various shapes, including hearts.

Both girls, four-year students in the Future Farmers of America class, agreed it was fun to be a part of Horticulture Demonstration, but said "trying to keep the butter cool for the presentation was a concern, and then getting the butter out of the molds was not the easiest part of the program."

Kelsey has become so enthusiastic about the herb butter she hopes to make it into a business. "I want to package it under the brand name ‘Kelsey’s Better Butter,’" she said.

After graduation Kelsey will attend Longwood University "where they have a greenhouse." So even though she will not major in horticulture, she will be able to continue her love of working with plants. She said this interest "began in middle school when a representative from the FFA program at our high school came to tell us about the program."