Agriculture Department

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Jessica Brand

    Jessica Brand 

    Agriculture Department Chair, Agriculture Science Teacher and FFA Advisor
  • Photo of Mary Jane Gwerder

    Mary Jane Gwerder 

    Ag Teacher, FFA Advisor

Agriculture Department

Our Agriculture Department here at Central Catholic High School has dynamic classes that help enrich a student’s knowledge and understanding of the natural world around them. Being located in the State of California, WE have the unique opportunity to explore the ins and outs of growing and cultivating crops and raising animals in one of the prime locations in the country, as California produces over a third of the country’s vegetables and nearly three-quarters of the country’s fruits and nuts.* And our own local region, the Central Valley, is a vibrant agricultural hub as we supply milk, almonds, and poultry as our top commodities.*

For every student who has an interest and a passion in this realm, WE strive to guide them towards the necessary skills to support the agricultural future of our city, state, and country.

*Statistics from:
California Department of Food & Agriculture
Stanislaus County's 2022 Agricultural Report


WE are thrilled to share updates on our AG School Farm project! Slowly, but surely the changes are coming to fruition. The land for this school farm was generously donated by the Gallo Family and it will offer a plethora of opportunities for many types of agricultural studies for all students to learn and enjoy.

February 2024
These photo of the FFA Farm show all of the fencing post for the four paddocks.  The next step is to put the top rails in for the irrigation systems, which is scheduled to start next week. Also shown are the winter oats, which are representative of our partnership with the Gallo Family Vineyards.

April 2024
FFA Farm Update - The sprinkler and irrigation systems, in addition to the fencing have been installed!
Infographic designed & provided by: Miss Meilani Duran, FFA Reporter

FFA - Future Farmers of America

Central Catholic High School was granted an FFA charter in 2014. Since then, WE have grown significantly with the help of our school, community, students, parents and FFA Advisors. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

All students enrolled in an agriculture course are granted membership into the FFA organization. WE look forward to working with each of you in developing and planting your faith through classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experiences, FFA conferences, and so much more!

National FFA
The National FFA Organization is committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation's view of "traditional" agriculture and finding new ways to infuse agriculture into the classroom.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA Motto
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. FFA members conduct themselves at all times to be a credit to their organization, chapter, school, community and family.

The Agricultural Education Mission
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

*Information from the National FFA Organization.

FFA - Future Farmers of America: Officers


Reese Oliveria

Reese Oliveria is our 2023-2024 Chapter President this year! Reese is a Junior. You can find her being our inspiring leader, guiding us with enthusiasm and dedication! She'll oversee chapter meetings, coordinate activities, and represent us at events! Reese is looking forward to our chapter socials and seeing all the students getting involved. Her favorite memory of FFA was the Field Day at Cal Poly where she competed her Freshmen year for BIG! Reese's favorite animal is a tiger.

Vice President

Isabella Crutcher

Our 2023-2024 Chapter Vice President this school year! Isabella is a Senior! You can find her standing beside the President offering support! Isabella will represent our chapter and she will lead us with passion! Isabella is looking forward to setting up fun events for the chapter! Her favorite memory in FFA was attending her first State Conference with her friends. Isabella’s favorite animal is a cow!


Matthew Stewart

Our 2023-2024 Chapter Treasurer this school year! Matthew is a Junior! You can find him managing our chapter's finances and ensuring our financial stability! Matthew is looking forward to National Convention and State Convention this year! Matthew’s favorite memory in FFA was going to State Convention and growing closer to lots of people in our chapter! Matthew’s favorite animal is a pig!


Justin Genasci

Our 2023-2024 Chapter Sentinel this school year. Justin is a Senior! You can find him there to support and welcome all our members and serve our chapter with enthusiasm! Justin is looking forward to showing his dairy heifers at the fair this year! Justin’s favorite memory in FFA was State Convention! Justin’s favorite animal is a cow!


Grace Scheuber

Our 2023-2024 Chapter Secretary this school year! Grace is a Senior! You can find her keeping our chapter organized, taking care of meeting minutes and keeping us on track of important information. Grace is looking forward to all the memories she will make with the officer team and FFA members. Her favorite memory was showing a sheep at fair her Sophomore year! Grace’s favorite animal is a dog!


Meilani Duran

Our 2023-2024 Chapter Reporter this school year. Meilani is a Sophomore! You can find her documenting and sharing all the exciting moments from our FFA adventures! Meilani is looking forward to all the socials and FFA events! Meilani’s favorite memory in FFA was placing 1st for Novice Rabbit Showmanship! Meilani’s favorite animal is a pig!


Rena Ralls

Our 2023-2024 Chapter Chaplin this school year. Rena is a Junior! You can find her leading prayers at major events and bringing faith formation to our team! Rena is looking forward to fair and exhibiting her animals this year! Her favorite FFA memory is playing games at Camp Sylvester and getting to know the team better! Rena’s favorite animal is a cow!

Boots & Blue Jeans

FFA Banquet

Throughout the school year WE have many events to participate in. One of our favorite events is the Boots & Blue Jeans Fundraiser that happens in the early autumn. This coming school year's date is September 21, 2024. Please put this on your calendar as WE very much hope that you join us at that time for food, family, friendship, and supporting our department as WE work to give our students the best agricultural education that WE can!

Other events throughout the year are FFA Week as we share the goings on with the rest of our school campus of what WE learn in our agricultural classes and invite everyone to participate in fun activities to highlight the importance of working as a team to achieve our goals. And, at the end of the year, WE have our FFA Banquet to recognize students who have stayed in the program for multiple years, gone above and beyond in their studies, and made a lasting impact in our community through their knowledge and skills in the FFA program.

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