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Medina FFA students create gifts from llama, alpaca wool for annual citrus sale

Provided photo: Medina FFA members, from left, include Shianne Sullinger, Madison Bielak, George Schlegel, Alden Cayea and Alexandra White.

Posted 13 December 2017 at 10:24 am

Press Release, Medina Central School

MEDINA – The FFA students have been hard at work making useful, organic dryer balls out of the wool from their farm’s llamas and alpacas. The dryer balls reduce drying time by absorbing the moisture from laundry and are a natural alternative to chemical filled dryer sheets and softener.

“We harvested the fiber here, we dry-felted it, used pantyhose to help keep the shape and put in the washing machine and they are ready to use in place of dryer sheets,” said Todd Eick, FFA advisor.

“People can even put essential oils on them to fragrance their laundry,” he said. “They last indefinitely and will absorb the moisture out of the clothes and help your dryer run better. We are putting them in our sampler box from our citrus sale, so anyone who ordered one will get a pair as one of the items. It is time consuming process, but it’s pretty cool for the kids to make.”

Mr. Eick says now that the students can see the finished project, they are excited and come right into class and get started immediately.  The students are hoping that everyone will enjoy their natural, earth-friendly, handmade gift.

Pick up for ordered citrus, nuts, cheese and jerky is December 18-21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. behind Medina High School at the Agriculture Shop. Customers who ordered cider can pick up on Dec. 19 from noon to 7 p.m., December 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s first come, first serve and everything goes.

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