Contact Erin:

Erin Orgen

State Vice President

Sherando FFA Chapter



I work part-time at the Winchester Southern States Cooperative. I have now been working for a full year. My job includes working in the showroom as a cashier, handling and caring for the garden center, answering questions for customers who need advice on a product, and helping customers find any products within the store. If I cannot answer a question, I direct them to someone who would know. As a cashier, I handle the sale of feeds in the showroom and the warehouse. I was originally hired to help out in the garden center last spring. As the plants came into stock, I would water, handle, and identify any problems with the products. I am responsible for answering customer questions on the planning and caring of the plants when purchased by the customer. Although I was hired for the garden center, I was kept on to help upfront as a cashier for the fall and winter season. In the past year at Southern States, I have learned a lot about communication with customers, how to help serve others, and the true nature of a feed store. Agricultural sales is an important aspect when dealing with steady farm operations. With the help of Southern States and the customers, I’ve had the opportunity to hear the struggles of a farm and how cooperatives help overall.


My favorite CDE/LDE

My favorite contest was The FFA Creed Speaking LDE. When I was younger, I struggled with social anxiety and had a hard time talking to people outside of my family. It was not until my middle school advisors, Mrs. Black and Mrs. Hogmire, encouraged me to learn the creed. Competing in The Creed Contest allowed me to develop public speaking skills and step out of my comfort zone. The Creed Speaking LDE requires you to memorize, recite, and answer questions about the The FFA Creed, written by E.M. Tiffany. The words of the FFA Creed create a powerful message of the beliefs FFA members hold.


My favorite FFA memory:

My favorite FFA memory happened fairly recently. This past year, I served on my chapter officer team as Vice President. Every year at our annual banquet, we install the new officers for the upcoming year. Although the officers are made aware of their new positions beforehand, it’s still a fun tradition to recognize their new offices on stage. At my final chapter FFA banquet, I had the pleasure of watching my younger sister; Emily, and my best friend; Ella, take over the position of Co- Vice Presidents. This moment brought me back to the very first time I saw them zip up the blue jacket as 6th grade members. I have never been more proud as an older sister and friend to watch those two grow as individuals and leaders.


My future plans are:

My future career goals are very exciting! I plan on getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech. For the longest time, I planned on getting a degree in Environmental Horticulture. In high school, I enjoyed taking all of the horticultural classes, like Greenhouse Production, Floral Design, and Landscape Design. My FFA Advisor, Mrs. Borst, helped me realize my passion went beyond the horticultural aspect and into the environmental effects. After getting my Bachelor’s Degree, I plan on going to Graduate School to get a Law Degree. I have a strong passion for defending the environment and I believe that the agricultural industry has many beneficial factors to help the environment.


One Interesting Fact About Me:

One interesting fact about me is that my family is not originally from Virginia. My two older sisters and I were actually born in Odessa, Texas. After living there for about 2 years, we moved to Medford, Oregon right before my younger sister was born. After living there for 5 years, we finally moved to Virginia and have been here ever since. My oldest sister, Cailin, was the first person in my family to join the FFA back in 2008.


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