The St. Helena FFA Chapter’s annual vegetable plant sale is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the St. Helena College & Career Academy through Sept. 23.
The selection includes cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, lettuce, cauliflower and turnips.
Customers can park south of the greenhouse within walking distance.
The price for three packs is $2, and six packs are $4.
Proceeds will be used to assist youth on Future Farmers of America events, school gardens and agrotourism trips.
The Junior Master Gardeners will use its greenhouse to supply area consumer vegetable growers with fall plants.
Integrating a greenhouse as a learning environment, LSU/SU agriculture agent Ahmad Robertson said, offers boundless opportunities for promoting student responsibility and helps develop students’ confidence and pride as they display and share the fruits and vegetables and flowers of their labors.
“Ag in the classroom increases youth awareness and understanding of the value of horticulture and landscaping, using horticulture as a tool to increase responsibility and leadership for the youth,” Robertson said.
The Junior Master Gardener program is a hands-on group and individual learning experience that allows a love of gardening to grow, develops an appreciation for the environment and cultivates the mind, the agent said.
September is an important month in the vegetable garden, Robertson said. Many of the warm-season crops planted in spring can be planted again for fall production, as well as some of the hardy cool-season crops.
“I encourage all vegetable growers to plant their seeds in seedling trays four to six weeks prior to transplanting in the field,” Robertson said. “It adds value to your sustainable operation and increases your yield economically.”
To order plants, call teacher Terry Guy at (225) 715- 7377 or (225) 222-4402.