Department Cadet and Student Practices 3 F’s: Farming, Firefighting, and FFA


When you hear the phrase, “Get after it,” Curtis Lessard should come to mind. In just 18 short years, the young man has already been an egg farmer, owned his own sugaring operation, served as a volunteer firefighter, and has been an active Vermont FFA member.

“It is definitely hard to balance the schedule at times. FFA kept me busy during school and my job on the farm kept me busy after school. However, farming has a very flexible schedule, so if there is a fire call during the day, most of the time I am able to go,” Lessard said. “Both farming and being a volunteer firefighter are deeply connected to the surrounding community. The two provide a huge sense of family to me.”