GHS plant sale being held now due to coronavirus closing

Published 9:29 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

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Students at the Agriculture Academy at Goshen High School filled three greenhouses with plants they had neutered from seeds to maturity.  The closing of schools due to the coronavirus left things “hanging” so to speak.

Baskets of Boston ferns, Spider ferns, Wandering Jew and Geraniums were hanging from the rafters and the tables were filled with periwinkles, lantana, succulents, tomatoes, squash … just to name a few of the plants destined for sale.

“The plant sale was planned to begin March 30 but, because school would be out, we had to move the sale to Monday (March 16),” said Jamie Rich, Ag Academy instructor. “We didn’t really know what to expect but we were so blessed. We opened Monday with three full greenhouses and now we have one and a half.”

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Rich said there is still a good selection of flowers and vegetable plants and at a good price.

“Not good prices, great prices,” said Sandy Walker who bought a trunk-load. “It’s almost like they are giving them away. The plants are all healthy and beautiful. These students have done such a great job. I’m excited with all my plants.”

Rich said the students are taking all precautions when handling the plants.

“We are keeping everything wiped down and clean,” she said. “The students are using hand sanitizer so there should be no concern about the handing of the plants.”

The Ag Academy Plant Sale will continue today and Wednesday during school hours. Plants and prices are: Boston ferns, $8; Macho ferns, $15; Asparagus fern, $10; Spider plants, $3; Succulents, $2; Wax begonias, $10; Petunias (white/6 pack), $3; vegetables, (6 pack), $2.50; Vinca (periwinkle/6 pack) $2.50; Geraniums (red) $5; Pothos (variegated) $5 and Wandering Jew, $10.

Rich expressed appreciation to Pike County for the tremendous support of the plant sale and of the students for their dedication and hard work.

“The support has been a true blessing and we are so grateful,” Rich said.