OFI 1259: Growing Up Across The Road From The Landfill Leads To A National Proficiency Nomination | FFA SAE Edition | Miles Lee | Arabia Mountain High School FFA

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The unbelievable stories that I am privileged to cover on this show just never stop! Today I am talking with National Proficiency Finalist, Miles Lee. Miles has an incredible story on many, many levels.

To begin, Miles grew up in the city but he and his family would vacation at his Great Uncle's farm in Alabama where they raised pigs and chickens. At an early age this inspired Miles, and a love for farming and agriculture was set in motion. However, there was more to it than just the livestock. Miles found himself fascinated with the soil and the life within the soil. He used to play soccer, and at slow moments in the game he would get scolded for digging in the dirt rather than focusing on the game! That is not what the soccer coach wanted, but this agricultural podcaster couldn't be more thrilled!

As his love for the soil grew Miles noticed how often he smelled the bad odors coming from the landfill across the road from his house. He told me that he thought to himself, "there's got to be a better way". This led him to discover vermiculture and vermicomposting with help of a middle school science teacher. Miles explored composting food waste in this type of system, but soon it was time for high school.

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