41.6 F
Saturday, July 2, 2022

Muscatine FFA holds first ever online plant sale

Margaret Hurlberthttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Gardeners across Muscatine have begun getting out to prepare their plots to look beautiful all summer long. For years, people have relied on the Muscatine FFA plant sale to provide them with healthy and gorgeous plants, all grown by local agriculture students. Though the sale cannot take place the way it typically does due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Muscatine High School agriculture teachers have gotten creative and moved the sale online for the first time ever.

Currently, Muscatine FFA has roughly $10,000 worth of plants that they hope to sell to benefit their students for the 2020-2021 school district. “The profits have always gone to scholarships, career development events, and student projects,” stated Sam Paul, an Agriculture Teacher at Muscatine High School.

Additionally, the preparation that goes into the FFA plant sale provides hands on experience for students studying horticulture. Paul detailed that in the fall, students select the plants they want to grow, and then go through the process of planting seeds, transplanting them to larger containers, pruning and shaping them, and finally selling them. Students worked hard up until spring break to get their flowers ready for the sale, but have not had access to them since school closed. “The biggest challenge is that we have a great group of students who want to be in the greenhouse and we have had to keep them out,” said Paul.

Not wanting the students efforts to come to naught, agriculture teachers made final preparations to get plants ready and worked with the school district to organize a safe ordering and pickup system that promotes social distancing. “This year, the ag teachers have taken over the final care, of course one at a time to make sure we are following all social distancing policies,” outlined Paul: “Dave Tometich, Ashley Wiebe, and Josh Day have spent a lot of time taking care of plants, taking inventory, and creating an online system. The school staff has been helpful developing an online payment plan and helping access some materials.”

Beginning Friday, April 24 and continuing each Friday through May 17, community members may pick up their plants. To order, anyone interested may visit the FFA plant sale website, view available plants, make their selection, and pay for it any time in the week before they plan to pick it up, and schedule their pickup time. In order to allow for social distancing, only a limited number of customers may sign up for each time slot.

With the weather warming, Paul hopes many community members will choose to purchase their plants for the year from the Muscatine FFA’s first ever online plant sale. “The plant sale is a great learning experience for our students,” emphasized Paul. “It is a process that they start and finish all in a year. They see and are part of the whole process; it is too bad that students aren’t able to finish the project, but they put in so much work early on, we hated to see it all go to waste.”

Latest News

Freshening up: Community supply closet seeking donations

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic as cleaning supplies and personal care items started flying...

More Articles Like This

Muscatine Today

MTS- Brandon is here to talk about Fat Cat

Today on the show Scott Schultz from Impact Fitness and Nutrition is here to talk about more healthy fitness tips. Then if you are looking to get your car cleaned up from the winter listen to today's show to learn about a business in town that can help you with that and more..... Thank you to our show sponsors: Harpers Cycling and Fitness, Beckey Insurance, Muscatine Power and Water, RIVO Plumbing and Heating, ImpactLife Blood Center, Lutheran Living, Toyota of Muscatine, Impact Fitness and Nutrition, Sun Tan City Muscatine, Real Estate Resource Associates, UnityPoint Health Trinity Muscatine and Hy-Vee Muscatine #muscatinetodayshow #goodmorningmuscatine #KindnessIsFree

DMSN Broadcasts

Manta Rays Swim

Join us as the Muskie Boys Basketball team hosts the North Scott Lancers! Watch Your Way: DiscoverMuscatine.com Discover Muscatine Facebook Discover Muscatine YouTube DiscoverMuskie Twitter Muscatine Power and Water Cable Channel 3 Brought to you by Muscatine Power and Water, Muscatine Lawn and Power, Hy-Vee, Bayer of Muscatine, First National Bank of Muscatine, Affordable Metal Manufacturing, Eastern Iowa Power Washers, Arty’s Ice Cream and Grill, Rivo Plumbing and Heating, Riots and Rebelle’s Salon, Bickford Senior Living, Let’s Eat, Muscatine Community Y and the Youth Sports Foundation. #DMSN #MuskieSports #Muscatine #MuskieSchools #basketball #prephoops #prepbasketball

Talk of the Town

The Bocks made me better

I love when others can inspire us to want to do more. I've been fortunate in my life to come across quite a few...

Muscatine Area News

Freshening up: Community supply closet seeking donations

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic as cleaning supplies and personal care items started flying off the shelves, non-profit organizations...