GRC Greenhouse sales start Monday
Published 10:18 am Friday, April 12, 2019
The George Rogers Clark High School greenhouse is overflowing with begonias, petunias, hanging plants and more.
In preparation for the 2019 greenhouse crop sale, GRC agriculture students cleaned the greenhouse, picked dead bulbs from the various plants and more.
GRC junior Kierstyn Newton said it is her first year working the sale, and she’s excited to interact with the customers.
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“It’s a good way to connect with the people,” she said.
The sale begins at 8 a.m. Monday, with all proceeds supporting the agriculture and FFA program at the school. The greenhouse, on the right side of GRC just past the cafeteria, will be open to buyers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The greenhouse will also be open on the following Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: April 20, May 4 and May 11.
There are various vegetables and flowers for sale, including geraniums, begonias, impatiens, ferns, million bells, herbs, tomatoes and peppers.
The students are also selling hanging baskets and porch pots.
Prices range from about $2 to $25.
Terra Pigg, an agriculture teacher at GRC, told The Sun the ag program had sold plants since the 1990s.
The students do all of the sowing, planting and maintenance in the greenhouse.
Sophomore Olivia Craycraft said working the greenhouse has become one of her favorite parts of coming to school.
“We get to come outside every day and do hands-on stuff and plant flowers,” she said. “It’s been a good experience, and I’ll probably remember it for the rest of my life.”
Sophomore Kamryn Mullins said she now wants to work in a greenhouse after high school.
Newton said she even uses some of the skills she’s learned in her current job at Rural King.
“The managers are pretty pleased to see that we know what we’re doing with the plants and I can give credit to Mrs. Pigg,” Newton said.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Wiseman said she invites the public to buy plants from the GRC Greenhouse because it is local and the students selling the plants also grew them.
“We were here when this place was completely empty,” Newton said. “So, we’ve watched it go from completely empty to what it is now.”
“That just means the plants were made with love,” Craycraft added.