East Surry plant sale begins


By Dean Palmer - Special to The News



The East Surry High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) launched its twelfth annual spring flower and vegetable sale last week, offering the public an opportunity to support the program by purchasing a variety of popular bedding plants, hanging baskets and vegetable plants.

According to East Surry FFA Advisor Matt Love, the plants are being grown from seeds or plugs by the East Surry Horticulture class in the school’s greenhouse.

Love teaches six classes at the school, including Horticulture I and II, Horticulture Honors, Agricultural Science and Animal Science I and II. Each year an estimated 75 students are in agriculture classes at the school.

The sale began last week, Love said, and has been met with a good response. Plants will be available to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days until all plants are sold. All visitors are required to check in at the school’s front office upon arrival.

The best selection and plant quality will be available during the early weeks of the sale.

The popular sale has been held throughout Love’s tenure at the school and continues to grow. Proceeds are used to fund non-curricular FFA activities, including field trips, conferences and, if qualifying, state and national conventions. The program has 17 active members.

“This sale has grown to be popular in the community,” Love said. “This year, I started receiving emails in January asking about it. We’ve been getting questions from people who have bought in the past. We have one person from Fancy Gap, Virginia, who each year comes and gets plants from us.”

“We appreciate the community support,” he continued. “People come to us knowing this is a good cause with the funds going toward helping our FFA program.”

For more information on the sale and the availability of plants, Love can be reached at the school at 368-2251 or by email at [email protected]

By Dean Palmer

Special to The News

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