Marble Falls High School FFA Factory Sale March 10

Marble Falls High School sophomore Kylee Snyder checks hanging baskets of petunias to make sure they are ready for the FFA Plant Sale from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the school greenhouse, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Dharma Brown, a senior at Marble Falls High School, envisions a future in which she helps create community gardens and teaches people the importance of gardening.

“As Americans, we are very dependent on fast food and we don’t know where our food comes from,” she said. “I think people should know not only where their food comes from, but I think they should also know how to grow their own food.”

The community of Highland Lakes can help Brown and other Marble Falls High School horticulture students on their journey by purchasing the FFA Plant Sale from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the greenhouse at the School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Signs will point to the greenhouse, located behind the main campus.

“We have a variety of plants,” said Emily Skaggs, professor of agricultural science. “We have vegetables, flowers and bedding plants. Go out and explore, see what we have.

All sales are cash and check only. Students will be on hand to assist buyers. The money benefits the school’s greenhouse and FFA programs, helping sophomores like Brown and Kylee Snyder.

“I started in FFA in eighth grade, and I learned a lot from that and from agriculture classes,” Snyder said. “I love horticulture and plants the most. These classes really helped me learn about plants and everything. I want to be a botanist.

Students study and practice a number of plant propagation techniques, both in and out of a traditional classroom setting. In their horticulture class, students get their hands dirty, Skaggs said. They manage the greenhouse and take care of the plants, check for diseases, propagate and water. They also participate in the maintenance of the establishment.

Students also learn where horticulture can take them professionally, though Skaggs noted that not everyone who takes the course continues beyond high school. The lessons and skills they learn, however, follow them into whatever career they choose.

To prepare for the sale, Skaggs asked each student to pick at least one business and approach the owner or manager to ask if they could put a sign advertising it inside the business. The idea, she says, was to get the students used to speaking in public and interacting with others.

During the plant sale, students will work shifts to assist customers. Again, Skaggs said, it’s a chance for students to practice their interpersonal skills.

“So come to the plant sale and check out the greenhouse,” Brown said. “See what we do.”

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