Seeds of learning take root
Inside the NHS Greenhouse, Tammy Wilkins. Kemper Garner amd Dana Boyle show students Shantel Stewart, Jessica Duke and Henry Fife how to plant the little seedlings so they will grow to be big plants when the greenhouse opens April 13.
Spring is on the way. This week, March 17-25, is National Agricultural Week, or AG Week. It also means that the Northumberland High School PAES Greenhouse is putting in plants for its annual plant sale.
Tammy Wilkins and her class of 13 students have all been working towards that goal since the first day of school this year. They have been learning about plants from a Virginia Agricultural Curriculum sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau.
Wilkins said this will be the seventh year students from her classes have done this project. They took over the greenhouse sales when the Northumberland High School FFA disbanded the project.
Tammy and the students are working hand-in-hand with Kemper Garner and Dana Boyle from Garner’s Produce to get all the little pots seeded and the plants well on the way for sale. Besides tomatoes and other vegetables, plus herbs plants, they expect to have Geraniums, Petunias, and Marigolds for sale when the Greenhouse opens on Saturday, April 13.
It will open at 8:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Adam Parker and Boy Scout Troop 250 Calla. Adam built an outbuilding for the class’s use as part of his Eagle Scout project. After the Saturday opening, the Greenhouse will be open each school day, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until the plants are all gone.