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Atwater FFA Poised For Annual Spring Plant Sale

Atwater High School agriculture students Zoe Jolly and Marvin Vasquez-Velasquez help water the thousands of annuals, perennials, and trees that will be on sale this weekend at the Atwater High School Agriculture Department.
Atwater High School agriculture students Zoe Jolly and Marvin Vasquez-Velasquez help water the thousands of annuals, perennials, and trees that will be on sale this weekend at the Atwater High School Agriculture Department.

Atwater High School horticulture students have spent the past couple months preparing for the 18th annual Atwater FFA Spring Plant Sale scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, April 26 and April 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Atwater High School Agriculture Department.

More than 5,000 annual and perennial plants, ferns, succulents, tomatoes, and fruit & shade trees will be available. The plants have been grown and maintained by the students and all the funds generated from the sale go back into the horticulture program to cover supplies, equipment, and facility maintenance expenses. Information regarding the plant sale can be found on the AtwaterFFA.org website.

“This is a hands-on approach towards learning plant/horticulture skills, responsibility, and the opportunity to strengthen communication and customer service skills during the sale,” said Atwater FFA instructor Dave Gossman. “The students have put in numerous hours towards in preparation and gain a tremendous amount of pride through the experience.”

Atwater High School became the state’s first certified high school horticulture program through the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC). The school’s nursery is a student run operation whose bi-annual plants sales help cover the costs of supplies, materials, equipment, and facility upgrades for the program.

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