Riverdale High School junior Melvina Jones checks on plants she and other agriculture students at the school have grown for their fall plant sale fundraiser, which begins Monday.
RIVERDALE Melvina Jones has a green thumb that enables her to enjoy her agriculture class at Riverdale High School every day.
The high school junior said she likes working with plants, such as pansies, ferns, spider grass and cabbage, just to see how big they will grow. The bright colors of the pansies aren’t hard on the eyes either.
On Wednesday, Jones walked out of the school’s greenhouse with her agriculture teacher, Sabrina Davis, to check the moistness of the soil used to grow some pansies and cabbage for the school’s upcoming plant sale. She knelt down and stuck her fingers in the soil and gave a nod of approval to Davis.
“They’re OK,” said Jones. “The soil still feels moist.”
The agriculture class’ annual fall plant sale begins Monday at the school and will continue until all of the plants are sold, said Davis. People looking for Delta Blotch Rose Pansies, Violet Pansies, Single-Eye Pansies, purple and white cabbage and poinsettias can come buy them at the school during school hours, she added.
Small packs of cabbage will sell for $1 each, while pansies sell for $2 per six-pack or $10 for a tray of a half-dozen six-packs.
The poinsettias will also cost $10 per plant.
“Whatever money we earn from the sale, we put back into the agriculture program here at the school,” said Davis.
The agriculture students conduct two plant sale fundraisers each year, with the second sale expected to take place in the spring. That sale will feature a different line-up of plants, including ferns and spider grass, said Davis.
The plants sold at the sale are all grown by Riverdale agriculture students.
Jones and her classmates take turns watering the plants they are growing. They learn how to grow new plants from the trimmings they take from existing plants. They’ve been able to bring a couple of plants back from the edge of death.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet and get to know other students,” said Jones.
The school’s planting instructor said the students will also come to a person’s home on a weekend and plant the plants “for a donation” to the agriculture program.
People interested in buying plants from the school can call Davis at 770-473-2905 to coordinate a time to come by the school’s greenhouse to buy some plants. She said she is at the school from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day except for Fridays, when she leaves work earlier in the day.
Riverdale High School is located at 160 Roberts Drive, in Riverdale.