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Seeds to Success: Marion FFA chapter has spring plant sale fundraiser

  • Marion High School senior and Future Farmers of America member Logan Quance helped Rebecca Simmons select plants at the 14th annual FFA grand opening spring greenhouse sale Thursday. The Marion woman said her favorites are geraniums, "but I'm also getting some tomato and pepper plants."

    Marion High School senior and Future Farmers of America member Logan Quance helped Rebecca Simmons select plants at the 14th annual FFA grand opening spring greenhouse sale Thursday. The Marion woman said her favorites are geraniums, "but I'm also getting some tomato and pepper plants."
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Michelle Holmes of Marion makes her way to the checkout line with a tray of yellow pansies.

    Michelle Holmes of Marion makes her way to the checkout line with a tray of yellow pansies.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

 
By Ceasar Maragni
Contributing photojournalist
updated: 4/18/2018 1:16 PM

MARION - Wayne Griffith, the faculty advisor for the Future Farmers of America chapter at Marion High School since 2001, was a busy man this past Thursday at the 14th annual FFA grand opening spring greenhouse sale. He was helping his students serve the many customers that showed up to buy all types of flowers and garden plants.

The greenhouse event was a kickoff to the club's regular greenhouse plant sale hours, which begin today, April 17, at the high school greenhouse located at 1700 Wildcat Road on the northwest corner of the school campus.

That works out well for regular customers like Rebecca Simmons, who said she works at the school as a hall monitor and is familiar with many of the FFA students.

"My favorites of what they sell are geraniums, but I'm also getting some tomato and pepper plants," Simmons said.

Christine Machani, of Marion, also found some flowers she wanted, bright red geraniums and calls herself a regular customer at the greenhouse sale.

"I bought geraniums from them last year and they were beautiful," she said.

Griffith says that his students put in many hours prior to the grand opening and that he is always amazed and grateful for the public's support of FFA.

"It seems that every year we have more students participating, and year after year we're seeing lots of repeat customers," he said. "We've had people drive from as far away as Benton and Vienna to buy at our greenhouse."

Griffith said that they have 75 students involved in FFA this school year at MHS and that all monies raised from greenhouse sales will be used by the students.

"A lot of the money will help pay for hotel rooms and meals at events like national and state FFA conventions that many of our students will attend," he said.

FFA students will be maintaining regular hours on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. until planting season ends.