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Buford High School agriculture science students hone business skills through annual plant sale

By Greg Summers

The agriculture science class and the Future Farmers of America at Buford High School have started their annual greenhouse plant sale to benefit those programs.

The school greenhouse is brimming with plants and flowers of every shape and size.

Now in its second year, the students have been growing dozens of varieties of plants to sell, including perennials, annuals and vegetables, said Agriculture Science instructor Jeffrey Whisenhunt.

This is no plant resale, he said. The 32 students have done all the cultivating.

“All the fruits and vegetables came from seeds and the annuals came from plugs and cuttings,” Whisenhunt said. “The kids have been working hard and I think folks will be surprised by what they see.”

Justin Fultz, a junior at BHS, said the key to proper greenhouse growth is soil management.

“Once you get everything going, you have to keep them growing,” he said.

For fellow junior Lane Phillips, the most enjoyable facet of the greenhouse is the chance to get dirty. It’s something he looks forward to.

“Being able to get out of the classroom for some hands-on work is pretty cool,” Phillips said. “But it’s not just flowers and plants that we learn about. It’s turf grass, pest control, weeding and weed control, too.”

Those are lessons that pay dividends down the road, Fultz said.

He’s already taken home what he’s learned in the classroom.

“I’ve already started my own garden and I’m building onto it,” Fultz said. “Right now, I have tomatoes, squash and peppers planted. But it’s still early.”

The flower sale includes the following varieties:

– Annuals – Begonias, coleus, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds and snapdragons 

– Perennials – Coreopsis, echinacea and gaillardia

– Herbs – Basil, coriander and dill

– Vegetables – Cucumber, peppers, squash and tomatoes

Interested?

WHAT: Buford High School Flower Sale

WHERE: 4290 Tabernacle Road

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, now through June 6 or until all plants are sold.

HOW MUCH: Pricing ranges from $2 to $6 for 10-inch hanging baskets,  based on packaging, pot style, variety and size. Plant types include perennials, annuals and vegetables.

DETAILS – Call 286-7068 or e-mail jwhisenh@lcsd.k12.sc.us.

– Contact features editor Greg Summers at 283-1156.