The local FFA chapter has once again opened their high tunnel to the public and the plants are selling fast.
For the last few years, local FFA members – all local teens – have spent their summers working hard to earn money to send their members to state and local competitions. The group built the high tunnel themselves, which is an eco-friendly and efficient Quonset-shaped greenhouse made from upcycled materials, and then filled it with starter plants they cultivated for selling. Daily these FFA members get up early to work on their starters before opening the High Tunnel for business at 11 a.m. The business itself and decisions pertaining to it are all member run, as is the money they make from selling the starters.
The business-and-agriculture-minded students had a tough decision to make this year. After being left with too much expiring inventory at the end of last summer, the students approached this season with a different plan, adjusting appropriately after learning from their experience. This year, inventory is being run in a continuous rotation – meaning starters are currently in different stages of growth and will be rotated to the store shelves as they are ready for purchase and transplant. Approaching the business this way should allow for starter plants to be replaced as needed, allowing them better control over their inventory said Tammie
Kovalenko, FFA advisor.
Currently, the group has quite a bit ready for purchase – many vegetable starts, bedding plants, herbs, flowers, and several varieties of perennials are available and ready to go home. Also new this year are custom hanging baskets made with whatever you’d like – as long as it’s in stock – so be sure to inquire about those while you’re in the store.
If you don’t see what you’re after while visiting, don’t be hesitant to ask one of the FFA members. Students completely run the operation and are on site to answer questions, and you’ll find them not only helpful, but extremely knowledgeable. Learning the ups and downs of business operations in the field of agriculture isn’t for the faint of heart, but these students are up to the challenge. Stop in today and support local.