TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) has chrysanthemum for sale while supplies last. The greenhouse will be open Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each evening. Pricing is one for $12 or two for $20.
Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Joe Hymes is excited about this year’s sale, “This year’s mums were grown right here in Upshur County.” Kari Gay, a junior at B-UHS raised the mums this summer and sold them to the greenhouse program. “All of our agriculture students have Supervised Agriculture Experiences. Some students own livestock, others work for agriculture business, it is very rewarding as a teacher when you can financially support a student instead of a wholesaler” explains Mr. Hymes.
All the money goes to keep the greenhouse running and to benefit the FFA programs,” Hymes explains. “This is one of the first marketing and order fulfilment projects students operate in the greenhouse. Students water and care for the mums, assist with customer orders and help out after school during customer pick-up, so it gives the student’s classroom experience and some leadership experience.”
According to Hymes, there are many layers to the FFA program and the classes offered teaches at the high school.
“I teach a horticulture class which is all about the greenhouse and raising plants and then I have a Forestry class. Mrs. Allyson Lewis offers Natural Resources, Animal Production and Agriculture Entrepreneurship. Mr. Cole Payne offers Agriculture Mechanics courses.” Hymes explained. “Our courses are diverse and hands-on, so whether it’s electrical wiring or ag-mechanics or livestock judging or poultry judging, they’re all career-oriented.”
For those who can’t purchase any flowers this year, there are many other options throughout the year to support the FFA club.
“We offer the mums sale, the spring plant sale and a meat stick sales. Our programs compete in several regional and state contests, so the need to fundraise is always there. If you miss out on the mums sale, don’t get discouraged because we’ll have a huge spring plant sale in April with spring bedding plants and some vegetable plants.”
Contact Mr. Hymes with any questions by calling (304) 472-3720 extension 5141.