FFA plant sale next week
After months of preparation, FFA students at Quincy High School are ready for the club’s annual spring plant sale.
The three-day sale begins next week. The sale is 3 to 6 p.m. on May 1 and 8 a.m. to noon on May 2 and May 9. It is in the FFA greenhouse behind the high school.
Since February, students have been caring for thousands of plants in the greenhouse, said Liz Graaff, FFA adviser and QHS teacher. There are some 1,000 geraniums alone, she said.
The community also will be able to purchase bedding plants, hanging baskets, annuals and succulents. People may want to bring a couple boxes to put their plants in for the trip home, Graaff said.
The longtime annual project teaches the students more than just about plant life, Graaff said. The plant sale also requires much hard work and responsibility, she said. Students are learning a trade as well as business skills, she added.
“By the community buying these plants, we are able to teach our kids something very valuable,” Graaff said.
The FFA advisor looks forward to the sale each year because it’s not only an opportunity for the community to be able to see what the students have been working on but it’s also a chance for students to see the community’s support.
“I love seeing the community coming out and supporting us,” she said.
The sale’s proceeds go back to the FFA program. Some money will be used to pay for students’ trips on May 13-17 to the state FFA convention at Washington State University.
“We’re here to help our community and our community is here to help us,” Graaff said.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org