Charlie Graydus Receives the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
The Commissioners and the Ag Council presented the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award to Charles “Charlie” Graydus, a beloved agricultural mechanics teacher and mentor at Octorara High School. Graydus started his teaching career in technical education at the Oxford School District in 1993. Six years later, he joined the agricultural mechanics department at Octorara High School where has been encouraging students to be their best and get involved in agriculture, regardless of whether or not they’ve grown up on a farm, for nearly the past two decades.
Complimenting his work as a teacher, Graydus has also served as the advisor for the school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. Octorara FFA is the most active chapter in the county with students winning awards at the state level every year. Graydus also teaches a well-regarded multi-day tractor and farm safety class for teens, sponsored by Chester Delaware Farm Bureau. In these roles, he has helped thousands of high school students develop their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success in the agriculture industry and beyond.
Graydus and his wife Carla also raise a small herd of Black Angus beef cattle and champion pumpkins at Hidden Well Farm in Elverson, Pa.
“The Ag Council board members and I are delighted to recognize Charlie for all he has done and continues to do for our youth. Developing our agricultural workforce is of critical importance. These students will be the ones to grow our food and steward our natural resources for many years to come,” says Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich.