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Mabton plant sale set for next week

MABTON - The days are brighter and the sun stays up a little longer, spring is here and it is once again time for the annual Mabton FFA plant sale.

Students with the Mabton agriculture program have worked hard learning the proper propagation techniques in order to produce another year of beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables.

Students from the seventh and eighth grade exploratory agriculture class and the ninth through twelfth grade Horticulture classes have put in numerous hours of preparation for the coming sale.

They have worked tirelessly to produce a multitude of vegetable and flowering plants ready for the sale taking place Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.

"It's pretty cool to see that all the work we've put in planting paid-off. We are now getting to see all the flowers we've planted in bloom," said Soledad Echibarria, Mabton FFA member.

As well as help from the students, Mabton FFA members have been putting in the time and effort nurturing the plants with the assistance of Randi Krieg, Mabton agriscience teacher and FFA advisor, and Daniece Roettger, a community volunteer.

Some of the more popular varieties of flowers grown by the students include geraniums and petunias.

"We are also growing some more vegetables," shared student Mia Herrera. Tomatoes, bell peppers and hot peppers will be available for purchase at the plant sale.

"The students grew the vegetables from seeds," said Krieg. "The benefit of this process allowed them to learn about germination."

Proceeds from the plant sale will benefit students' FFA activities. Most of the students use the money they earn during fundraisers to pay for their registration fees for the State FFA Convention in Pullman and National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

"We will have 26 students competing this May in Pullman and eight members attending Nationals in October," commented Karen Mendoza, the Mabton FFA President.

Offered at the annual plant sale will be six-cell packs of petunias, lobelia and portulaca for $2; four-inch petunias, lobelia, bacopa, millions bells, verbena, osteo, diascia, creeping charlie, dracaena spikes, potato vine, bidens, gazania, and argyrauthemum for $1.50; four-inch geraniums for $2; 2-inch mixed annuals for 75 cents; two-inch vegetables for 50 cents; six-cell packs of vegetables for $1.50; 12-inch mixed annual pots for $16; and 10-inch mixed annual hanging baskets for $15.

The sale will be held at the Mabton High School greenhouse across from The Blue Sky Market from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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