St. Helena College and Career Academy FFA to hold annual plant sale _lowres

Photo provided by Ahmad Robertson -- St. Helena College and Career Academy's FFA class is having its annual plant sale at the school. Tending to the flowers, from left, are agriculture students Jermil Myles, Frednando Muse, Savannah Fisher and William Lloyd.

St. Helena College and Career Academy’s FFA will hold its annual plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, ending May 21, at the school.

Hanging baskets and annual and perennial plants are available.

St. Helena College and Career Academy agriculture teacher Terry Guy and his students oversee plant labeling, fertilizing and watering of the plants.

Southern University and LSU Agricultural Center agent Ahmad Robertson said it’s a good opportunity for the students to see plant growth and development.

The youth organized the flowers and are excited to see all the growth and colors, the agent said. Robertson said the youth also maintain a spring vegetable garden.

“Gardens provide a site for hands-on learning and to practice using the scientific methods, and the youth are excited about eating fruits and vegetables that they grow themselves,” Robertson said.

Gardens can be used to teach food safety through proper harvest, processing and storage, he said.

The primary goal of a school garden is to allow the students to grow plants from start to finish, Robertson said.

Robertson said he takes pride in engaging the youth at St. Helena College and Career Academy.

“I once was a student working in the same greenhouse 17 years ago, and Mr. Terry Guy, Alcee Muse and Linda Chaney trained and motivated me to pursue a career in agriculture sciences,” he said.

Contact the St. Helena or Tangipahoa Extension Service, 305 E. Oak St., Amite, call (985)748-5462, (225) 222-4136, or email ahmad_robertson@suagcenter.com or arobertson@agcenter.lsu.edu.