Annual Badger FFA greenhouse sale begins May 2
LAKE GENEVA — The Badger High School FFA greenhouse will open for the spring planting season on Friday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Badger High Schooll, 220 South St., Lake Geneva.
Many varieties of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and vegetables will be found at the Badger greenhouses. Agriculture students and FFA members will be available to assist in the plant selection and carry items to cars. A specific listing of what plants that have been planted and last-minute details may be found on the website www.badgerffa.org.
Over 30 new items are featured this year. One of the new plants is an heirloom tomato that has been grafted onto the root of a tomato variety that is more disease resistant, resulting in a hardier tomato with all the of the great taste of an heirloom.
While at the greenhouse, make sure you stop and see the new vertical hydroponic farm, located in the smaller greenhouse. Currently the FFA is providing lettuce and tomatoes to the school cafeteria.
Students in the greenhouse management classes have been growing plants all semester in the Badger Greenhouses. Agriculture Instructor Larry Plapp estimates that over 30,000 plants have been planted for this annual event. Plapp and his classes have conducted a spring plant sale for 22 years.
On Saturday May 3, 10 and 17, the greenhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning Monday May 5, the greenhouse will be open weekdays after school from 3 to 4:15 p.m. through May 23.
The proceeds from the greenhouse sale after expenses benefit the members of the Badger FFA chapter through various scholarships to college, FFA Events and leadership conferences.