FFA keeps it ‘green’

Lexington High School sophomore Jessica Rodriguez tends to flowers last Thursday afternoon in preparation for this Friday's grand opening FFA Greenhouse Sale.

LEXINGTON – The Lexington Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter is gearing up for a busy couple of weeks.

Starting with Friday’s grand opening the FFA greenhouse will once again be open to the public to purchase plants, flowers and garden fresh vegetables.

And it’s not just the plants and vegetables that will be on display as the entire greenhouse complex is sporting a new, revamped look.

Agricultural sciences and Lexington FFA advisor Whitney Davis said the greenhouse grand opening is the culmination of a lot of hard work.

Starting in July the entire greenhouse was given a make over providing more space for more items, then as the new year got under way she brought in her own plants to let her students take part in learning how to care for a grow specific types of plants and vegetables.

“We started the actual growing for the flowers and vegetables in late January to early February,” she said.

Davis said items for this year’s sale will be unique compared to items someone might typically find in a school-sponsored greenhouse.

Students have cultivated several varieties of ornamental grasses including a corkscrew type of grass called “curly wurly.” They have also potted several self-sustaining “salad bowls” and “salsa gardens.”

The salad bowls include different types of lettuce, which once grown can be picked off, rinsed off and eaten. The salsa gardens include tomatoes, cilantro and peppers among other essential items needed for garden-fresh salsa.

“If you live in an apartment and do not have access to a garden, you can still have fresh vegetables,” Davis said. “It’s all inclusive in one bowl.”

The FFA greenhouse sale is one of the biggest fundraisers the chapter does all year and this year’s version is no different.

“We want to sell everything,” Davis said. “The money helps support the Lexington FFA. It goes to officer and leadership training and it helps pay for state FFA and the National FFA Convention trips.”

Friday’s grand opening is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then it is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Other dates and times are:

Thursday, May 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon

Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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