By Lynn Hobbs / Staff
PUTNAM COUNTY -- Being an FFA student in Putnam County could be a problem for someone who isn’t smitten with dairy cows; but John Tyler Gore found a solution. Instead of following Putnam’s tradition of showing dairy heifers, John Tyler decided as a ninth-grader to show market goats.
In the three years since then, John Tyler has built barns and pens at his home, purchased six goats, been instrumental in launching a goat program in Putnam County’s FFA and 4-H, organized and hosted Putnam’s first goat show; and recently was the only student in Georgia awarded a $1,000 grant from the National FFA Foundation.
John Tyler first learned to think agriculturally when he, as a young child, helped his grandmother, Carlene Collis, plant a garden. The two continued their shared horticulture hobby every summer, he said.