Painting Day July 22, 2017

4-H and FFA members and moms help out



Finishing off the arena walls

New wall gets its first coat

All walls and roof up and covered. 6/22






Steel structure going up! 6/9/1

Pouring the new wall




View from the front of the hog barn. New sidewalk entry, to the left, for all show arena visitors


Volunteers removing walls and roof from Building # 3

Ready for new steel frame walls and roofing

Dedication Ceremony Manheim Community Farm Show Champions Arena

The Manheim Community Farm Show is pleased to announce that the construction has begun on the expansion of the livestock show and sales ring.  The new arena will be named the Champions Arena in honor of all who have showed animals at Manheim over the past 64 years and those who will show in the new arena in the future.  The new arena will provide an improved showing experience for both the FFA and 4-H exhibitors showing and selling their animals and the public attending the shows and sale.

To offer a donation toward the completion of the Champions Arena building project click here for the donation form:Champions Arena Donor Flyer updated


2017 Manheim Ag Program Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale

Our 14th year of Manheim Central High School agriculture students growing heirloom tomato plants is in full swing! 

Our students are finishing transplanting the 5,000+ started seedlings this week!

See this year’s variety list below in the attached Power Point below.


May 6    9 am-Noon

Greenhouse Open House at Manheim Central High School

-Use the parking lot entry off Hershey Drive and come back to the greenhouse by the track

May 12 and 13, 2017  9am-5 pm

Landis Valley Museum Herb & Garden Fair

A special thanks to our many valued customers who support our high school horticulture project-many have been with us since our first year selling at Landis Valley Museum Herb Fair in 2003

We have been told by many of our customer that our 2016 Opalka plants turned out to be another variety.  Our sincere apology for this!  We changed our seed supplier this year for the Opalka variety.

Click Here For Our 2017 Variety List:  2017 Tomato Varieties


2017 McFEE Auction April 8th

Our FFA members and Ag Ed staff will once again donate items and volunteer at this year’s McFEE Benefit Auction.    Thanks to ALL who supported the auction. Learn how you can support McFEE:                                    Our 2017 items to be donated by our students and staff

Click Here To See Photos:   McFEE Projects working on
               Bid on your very own Manheim FFA Children’s Farm Show                                   corn bin, bunny and sand box digger!

We will also donate our famous welded insects and metal and woodworking projects made with our new McFEE sponsored teacher grant.


Manheim Ag-Ed Earns PA FFA Foundation Learning By Doing Grants


The PA FFA Foundation believes agricultural education students should have the maximum opportunity to grow and succeed, leaving high school as prepared as is possible for the world ahead. By completing the Learning By Doing grant application, the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation is making an investment in Agriculture Education. Funds allocated through the Learning by Doing Grants are intended to make a lasting impact into the future Pennsylvania’s agriculture education.

The total funds requested for the 2016-2017 Learning by Doing Grant program was $34,927 from 42 total applications.  The competition was steep and applications were judged by 3 FFA Foundation trustees. All funds generated for this grant come from PA FFA Foundation food concessions at Ag Progress Days and PA Farm Show.

Skyler Anderson was awarded a grant for her Market Goats SAE Project to purchase goat fitting equipment. Skyler is a member of the Manheim FFA Livestock Show Team.

Manheim Ag-Ed program teacher Deb Seibert was awarded funds to purchase PSU Soil Testing Kits and Agronomy Guides.  All members of the Manheim FFA Livestock Show Team are required to have DEP Manure Management plans.  Those plans require the testing of soils in livestock pastures.  The PSU Agronomy Guides will help students make educated choices about the BMP’s of the soils on their farm properties.

PA FFA Foundation Learning By Doing Grant Applicants Categories:
FFA Members • Agriculture Educator/FFA Advisor • FFA Chapter
Grant Projects may include: • Supervised Agriculture Experiences • Classroom Tools, Equipment, Resources • Curriculum and Teaching Training
Grant Values: maximum $2000 per year per School District
• Individual FFA Member: $500
• Teacher/FFA Advisor: $1000
• FFA Program: $1000


Hundreds of  community members, families and business reps attended the 2016 Manheim Community Farm Show Youth Livestock Sale to support our Manheim FFA and 4-H Youth and to kick off the fundraising for the new Champions Arena building project.

Manheim FFA Convention Wagon

Manheim FFA Convention Wagon

Special thanks to the following for being WINNING BIDDERS of the Manheim  FFA Wagon to sponsor the 2016 Manheim FFA Ag Sales and Farm Business Management CDE  trip to the National FFA Convention:

Manheim Auto Auction

Jay and Beth Gainer

JL Hollinger

Best of Lancaster County

Kirby Agri


Champions Arena Building Project KickOff Sale

Champions Arena Kick Off

SPECIAL THANKS to Pleasant View Retirement Community and the Cassel family for purchasing a lamb and a goat to be donated to the Manheim Food Pantry as part of our Champions Arena Building Project fundraising kick off.

2016 MCSD Champion of Children: Barry Geib


Congratulations and much thanks to Barry Geib for being awarded the 2016 MCSD Champion of Children recognition.  Barry was nominated by our Ag-Ed program for his countless HOURS of volunteer time with our students, Manheim and Pennsylvania’s eastern region ag programs and his Manheim Farm Show leadership.


MC Students Make Ag Industry Career Connections

A HUGE thanks to all the folks who took time out of their BUSY days to share their agriculture stories with our students this spring

CDE New Release

Jeff Stoltzfus guiding us through the Leola Produce Auction

Jeff Stoltzfus guiding us through the Leola Produce Auction

Oregon Dairy Farm to Fork tour with the Hurst family.

Oregon Dairy Farm to Fork tour with the Hurst family.  “An extraordinary experience”!

HACC Ag Business class learns about niche marketing at Outback Toy Store

HACC Ag Business class learns about niche marketing at Outback Toy Store

Ag business in the field learning at Buckhill Farm CSA with Andrew Buckwalter

Ag business in the field learning at Buckhill Farm CSA with Andrew Buckwalter