The plant biology students at Elma High School are testing their green thumbs in their high school greenhouse and are looking for help from the community.
The Elma High School FFA Chapter is hosting its annual Elma FFA Spring Plant Sale May 6 through May 11. The sale goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days. The Elma High School greenhouse is located behind the high school by the football field.
The greenhouse serves as a plant science lab utilized for hands-on learning. The curriculum takes the science of plant growth and applies it to greenhouse management. Students start seeds, propagate plants and plant a variety of annuals and perennials. Students also market and sell the final product to the community. This self-sustaining program returns the profits back in to the agricultural science lab facilities to continue “the applied academic science” learning for future years. Profits also help the FFA chapter travel to state and national conventions and to host various community service projects.
Students earn credit while gaining valuable hands-on education and job-readiness skills. Along with developing work ethic, students apply academic learning through scientific investigation.
“Plant biology is enjoyable and assisting me with developing my skills for a future career in horticulture,” said Jared Wilson, one of the student’s involved.
Plant biology is a course offered at the Elma High School through the Career and Technical Education Department. Students earn a high school lab-science credit plus they have the opportunity to earn a college level credit with a “B” average or better through South Puget Sound Community College, saving up to $514 that would have gone to taking the class in college.
Students enrolled in plant biology grow a variety of hanging baskets, zonal geraniums, begonias, impatiens, petunias, trailing plants and more. These plants are sold to the public. The teens practice their plant knowledge as they assist customers with botanical questions and transact the sale.