As of Tuesday, April 29, 2014
MABTON - Spring has sprung! That means 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 high school horticulture class 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, May 2, through Sunday, May 4.
“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 Jessica Vazquez, Mabton student greenhouse manager.
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.
“It’s amazing how we planted little seeds, and now they are plants,” shared Joshuah Rodriguez.
Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers 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 Louisville, Ken.
“We will have 19 students competing this May in Pullman and five members attending Nationals in October,” commented Ty Leyendekker, the Mabton FFA vice president.
Offered at the annual plant sale will be 4-inch pots of petunias, portulaca, lobelia, bacopa, millions bells, verbena, osteo, creeping charlie, dracaena spikes, potato vine, bidens, argyrauthemum and geraniums for $1 each; 2-inch vegetables for 50 cents each; 6-cell packs of vegetables for $2; 12-inch mixed annual hanging baskets for $18; 10-inch ivy geranium hanging baskets for $15; and 12-inch mixed annual terra cotta bowls for $17.
The sale will be held at the Mabton Jr./Sr. High School greenhouse across from Blue Sky Market from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
- Michael Jaramillo is the Mabton FFA reporter.