Boland mows lawns, helps area farmers

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Kyle Boland, a 2012 Santa Fe High School graduate, mows lawns while working for Vandiver Lawn Care in Alma.

Kyle Boland, the son of Alan and Amy Boland of Waverly has been around agriculture his entire life.

For that reason, when he was a freshman at Santa Fe High School, he joined the school's FFA. In April at the Missouri FFA Convention, his hard work paid off when the senior was awarded the State FFA Degree.

"I've learned a lot since I've been in FFA," Boland said. "It's been a great thing."

Although he said all the activities have been fun, his favorite was going to the National FFA Convention for three years.

"You learn new stuff everytime you go," he said.

His Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) has been in turf grass management. He first mowed lawns on his own, before starting to help Vandiver Lawn care in Alma. Last year he worked 739 hours.

He also helps on two area family farms, Boland Farms and Plattner Farms, working fields and running a grain cart during harvest.

Boland earned a proficiency award in turf grass management and also participated as a part of the floriculture team in Career Development Events.

He is a Waverly volunteer firefighter and a member of St. Mary's Church.

Boland plans to attend Grand River Technical School in Chillicothe to major in diesel equipment mechanics. He is going to attend for at least one year, and possibly a second optional year.

After graduating, he would like to work at a local farm machinery equipment dealer.