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Posted on May 7, 2019

FFA Plant Sale this year has bittersweet flavor

It was business as usual, at an unusual time.
The FFA Plant Sale has become a staple of spring in Quincy, but this one on April 27 felt different, as did the FFA Baby Animal Fair a few days earlier.
Both are popular events in the FFA calendar, as well as the community’s schedule, and both took place for the final time at the current Quincy High School building.
Next year, the events will take place at the new QHS, which is set to open this summer.
In the meantime, the FFA members overcame their own emotions to take care of business at the greenhouse and at the barn.
“It is kind of bittersweet,” said FFA co-adviser Mike Wallace, of leaving the old buildings behind.
At the plant sale, students carried on like normal, tending to a big wave of customers on April 26, and to a steady trickle of them the next day, co-adviser Rod Cool said.
Petunias, marigolds, pansies, zinnias, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and a variety of herbs filled the FFA greenhouses from top to bottom.
The club did not sell plants on April 28 but did move the plants to the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center for after-school sales to be held 3-6 p.m., April 29 to May 1, Cool said.
The wind was the one uninvited guest to the plant sale Saturday. Rain does not deter people from stopping by the sale, Cool said, but wind does.
“People come in the rain, but they usually don’t come in the wind, because they can’t plant at home,” Cool said.
The money raised at the plant sale helps pay for the plants’ seeds and plugs and for the trips to state convention, Cool said, and every little bit helps.
“It costs $275 to take a kid to state, and we got 31 kids,” he said.

By Sebastian Moraga,