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Growing, selling herbs at PCHS

Occupational Studies students Tyrek Dood, Wesley Bullman, Chasidy Metcalf, Karandal Gary and Moira Davis enjoy an afternoon in the greenhouse preparing seed starters for the upcoming plant sale. (photo submitted by Maria Freeman)

Herbs sold at plant sale April 4 – 14
by Cabot Lee Petoia
Polk County High School plans to hold a plant sale at the school’s greenhouse April 4 – 14.
The PCHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) are running the sale, but Maria Freeman’s Occupational Course of Study students will participate by selling herbs.
The sale will be held Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, April 7 and Saturday, April 14.
After expenses for supplies, the money raised by Freeman’s students from the herb sale will help fund their next project, or possibly allow them to take a field trip for a learning experience.
Freeman said this particular class of exceptional children has worked with plants a little bit every year since she’s been teaching there, but this year is the biggest project they’ve undertaken.
“Our goal is to be able to make salsa from our plants to sell, donate to the Thermal Belt [Outreach Ministry] or just give away,” Freeman said, “We just need more space to be able to do that.”