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TAYLORVILLE — A Taylorville students works in the greenhouse at the highschool. A date for the plant sale has not yet been set, but please keep an eye on the Breeze–Courier and the THS FFA facebook page for the latest information.
TAYLORVILLE — Even though it’s chilly outside and winter doesn’t seem to want to give up just yet, it is warm and full of life in the THS Greenhouse. Horticulture, BSAA, and Plant & Animal Biology students have been busy planting vegetable seeds, propagating flowering plants, and putting together materials in preparation for the Annual Spring Plant Sale.
Each year when students return from winter break, greenhouse activities get kicked into high gear. Not only is the THS Greenhouse used for the plant sale and to supplement classroom learning for Horticulture, Ag Science classes (such as BSAA and Plant & Animal Biology) but it also serves as a laboratory for students conducting Agri-Science Fair Projects in the area of plant science. Freshman Rian Ebert is currently conducting an experiment in the THS Greenhouse to determine if certain types of fertilizer are better for residential lawn growth.
“I’m glad I can keep my experiment in the high school greenhouse. That way I can check on it every day I’m at school,” says Ebert.
Taylorville FFA also has students who regularly work in the greenhouse as a part of their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects, such as Sophomore Abby Norris (pictured here). These students work before or after school doing a number of different chores such as watering plants, pruning flowers, thinning seedlings, working the plant sale, and so much more. Advisor Lori Parks says having student workers is a real asset to the THS ag program.
“It’s so great to have students that want to come in and help work in the greenhouse. It really helps me out and I enjoy working with them; they are also able to teach other students what they have learned.”
Note: A date has not been set yet for the plant sale, but keep an eye on the Breeze Courier and Taylorville FFA Facebook page for announcements to come at a later date.