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Local FFA departments sell greenhouses Education of Southern Idaho

TWIN FALLS – Caring for plants is not an easy task. Watering, controlling sunlight, fertilizing with the right nutrients, monitoring diseases and transplanting at the right time can contribute to or disrupt a gardener’s success.

“It’s important to be gentle,” said Filler Jr. Brody Ever. “If you’re rude, you can break all the roots and tear off.”



FFA Filer sells plants from its greenhouse as part of the annual fundraiser on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Filer High School in Filer.


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Barb Every browses the range of vegetable plants for sale on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Filler High School in Filler.


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Each is part of Jennifer Cummins ’horticulture class and spent the last semester caring for plants in the Filler High School greenhouse.

Bright orange French Flame marigolds, geraniums of all shades, vegetable plants and more are finally ready for the public.

Schools across the Magic Valley grow plants as an opportunity to learn and raise funds for the benefit of local FFA departments.

Carly Oman, a Kimberley High School agriculture teacher, said her students are doing everything from completing a plant order and calculating the ratio of fertilizer to pruning and selling.

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“They see it from start to finish,” Oman said.



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On Saturday, May 7, 2022, a selection of French pumpkins is on sale at Filler High School in Filler.


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Students develop a wide range of botany and customer service skills.

“Solving problems is a big deal,” she said. “If a plant doesn’t look quite right, they can go back to their arsenal of knowledge and find out what’s wrong.”

Financial literacy is another advantage of the course. Students will learn how to plan what plants to grow, and how to compare prices across the city.

Cummins said that the favorite part of her students is the practical nature of the course.



Filer FFA plant sales

FFA Filer sells plants from its greenhouse as part of the annual fundraiser on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Filer High School in Filer.


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“It gives them more opportunities to learn by doing, instead of just having a book and assignments,” she said. “Their job is to see, grow and develop.”

Tyler Johnson, an agricultural teacher and FFA advisor at Mert High School, said the greenhouses are really a student project.

“They make most of the decisions and I’m here to stop the lunatics,” Johnson said.

Each year students change factories depending on trends and what sold well last year. The petunias of the night sky, a dark purple flower with white spots, have become a supplement this year, he said. The Murtaugh Greenhouse has also added Mezoo, a combination of colors and fillers that works well in hanging baskets.

All teachers said the greenhouse is the largest fundraiser for FFA departments. Money helps cover things like travel expenses to competitions or management activities.

Community members interested in buying plants can check out the availability of FFA school Facebook pages. Filler will hold a sale with the last opportunity from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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