- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

GLEN DALE, W.Va. (AP) - At schools around Marshall County, teachers know developing a green thumb early in life can lead to a legacy of successful gardening later in life.

Students at John Marshall and Cameron high schools and Sherrard Middle School began their annual flower sale earlier this month, offering hanging baskets, vegetable plants, herbs and a variety of flowers they grew in their school’s greenhouse.

In late January, students at each participating school began germinating seeds for tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage and herbs.

At the end of February, plugs were purchased and transplanted for various types of other flowers.

According to John Marshall greenhouse technology instructor Nicole Shipman, students ensured the proper temperature and humidity were maintained in their greenhouse and monitored growth daily.

Students also maintain the facility and sell flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. She added the greenhouse course uses the funds they make from plant sales each year to operate the sell in the following year. This year’s sales goal is $5,000, which was this year’s cost for supplies.

“It doesn’t matter where you go, where you live or what kind of live you decide to lead, this is a love you can take with you,” Shipman said. “The skills are also shareable.”

Greenhouse student marketing manager Hunter Hammond said the class will help him find success in a future agriculture career.

“The most important thing I’ve learned in the greenhouse, which I think about all the time, is labeling. You won’t know anything about what a plant needs without a label. I want to be an agriculture manager, either an operational manager in a greenhouse or a manager of a beef cattle business,” Hammond said.

“Not enough people plant, and they take it for granted. For example, oranges are being attacked by a virus right now, which has a huge impact on our orange juice market and is causing a price hike.”

Student greenhouse manager Kyrie Menendez helped Shipman decide what plants to sell and assists with daily operations.

“I’ve learned leadership skills, proper herbicide practices and planting methods,” Menendez said. “I think the class gets us ready for our future out in the world. The management practices will help after high school.”

The John Marshall High School greenhouse will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature projects from students in the Greenhouse Technology class.

Sherrard Middle School’s Greenhouse, managed by students in vocational agriculture classes, will be open every school day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Students in the Cameron High School greenhouse management and horticulture classes will sell their assortment of plants every weekday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The public is invited to shop at each location, which will remain open until all items are sold. Cash and checks are accepted.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintelligencer.net


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