US (IA): Osage FFA receives a $10,000 grant for greenhouse

Osage FFA has received a $10,000 grant for a greenhouse. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

The Osage FFA will build a greenhouse for the students with the Working Here Fund grant. The new 30-foot by 48-foot greenhouse will offer students a hands-on learning experience. Students will work with seedlings and plants as well as offer opportunities to learn about propagation, grafting, pruning, floral design, lab safety, business strategies, and greenhouse management.

“The first long-term goal is for the greenhouse to be self-sustaining within three years,” said Malayne Meyer, FFA adviser. “The second goal is to grow plants year-round. Poinsettias, mums, garden plugs, and spring annuals are a few examples of plants that can be sold at various times of the year. This also ensures that educational opportunities will be consistent throughout the year. Finally, within five years the goal is to have five established annual events and /or workshops that operate out of the greenhouse.”

Read the full article at The Courier

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