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Herb butter earns a prize for GHS students

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 butte...

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