Aiken High FFA begins plant sales

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 12:01 a.m.
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT
These Aiken High School FFA members will be among those participating plant sales at the school beginning today through Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Kelsey Nicely, Kelly Coons, John Gagdon, Scott Morgan, Derrick Emerson, Aaron Colemam, Meagan Dooley and Bryson Cook.
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT These Aiken High School FFA members will be among those participating plant sales at the school beginning today through Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Kelsey Nicely, Kelly Coons, John Gagdon, Scott Morgan, Derrick Emerson, Aaron Colemam, Meagan Dooley and Bryson Cook.

When Kelly Coons joined the Aiken High School agriculture science/FFA classes nearly three years ago, she knew the program offered plant sales.

“But I had no idea it would be this big,” said Coons, now a junior.

The FFA organization will begin its spring sales this week with a huge range of plants and vegetables today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Patrons can visit the FFA program off Teague Street behind the Aiken High football stadium.

“Our greenhouses are packed,” said Waylon Priester, the teacher and adviser. “It’s a lot of work. We started in January and haven’t stopped since.”

The plants include Boston ferns, geraniums, gerber daisies, vinca, impatiens, marigolds, begonias, geraniums, lantana, dahlias, sweet potato vines and coleus. The vegetables include tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and peppers.

“We’ve got a few more odds and ends,” Priester said. “We could go on and on for a while.”

Preparations for the plant sales are a challenge, and the sales will be busy through the weekend, Coons said.

“It really makes us proud,” she said. “We planted them from an inch or two, and then saw them grow into something beautiful.”

Priester is organizing an FFA alumni program, with other residents interested in the organization invited to attend, as well. A meeting will be held in his classroom on Thursday at 6 p.m.

“We’re just looking for anyone who would like to be an FFA supporter,” Priester said. “It’s not going to be a monthly event, but maybe twice a year as a new avenue of support.”

The program is also a way to keep past members involved. He plans to affiliate with the national FFA alumni organization.

For more information, call 803-640-0161.

Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard’s education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001.

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