By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Flowers and hanging baskets from a new FFA greenhouse atPreston High School are on sale now through the end of school, and funds generated by customer purchases will go directly back into the operation of the facility.
The plants can be purchased by contacting FFA advisor Josh Evans at the Craner Ag building Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We have tomatoes and peppers. We also have several really nice hanging baskets that are in full bloom. There are zinnias, petunias, marigold, allysum and some other varieties as well,” he said.
Several weeks ago students took seed-starting mix and placed the soil in trays in the facility, where they had room to spread out to do their work.
A new greenhouse, 30×52 feet, was completed last summer and cost $11,000. Funding came from a grant from Monsanto and NUCOR. Another grant of $6,000 came from Agrium’s Conda Phosphate Operations and paid for an automated environmental system.
Students moved into the new facility in late January. Evans spearheaded the project.
“We were at capacity last year at 42 students. We now have 73 students in the program,” he added.
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