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Lathrop High Ag‘s annual FFA plant sale is Friday & Saturday

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POSTED April 2, 2014 11:27 p.m.

April showers will bring May flowers. But to guarantee there will be flowers in bloom next month, you will need to plant those blooming varieties now.

The place to purchase these – and contribute to a good cause that will benefit budding future farmers at the same time – is Lathrop High School.

Friday kicks off the two-day FFA plant sale sponsored by the Lathrop High School Ag Department. It will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday’s event will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

This second annual FFA plant sale will be held in the Ag Building’s green house which was built with Prop 1 funds.

The event also provides an opportunity for the public to see an FFA program in action – in this case, the program at Lathrop High where there are 350 students involved, according to Ag teacher Dina Ariaz.

All proceeds from this plant sale will go to the Spartans’ FFA because they did not have to buy the seedlings. And none was donated.

“We grew them. The ornamental horticulture class grew all the plants. Most we started from seed,” Ariaz explained.

However, the students get some help in other forms from various sources.

“Many people do donate vases and pots for our program, and they are much needed,” Ariaz said.

Some of the flowering plants to choose from during the two-day sale include petunias, verbenas, geraniums, bachelor buttons and calendulas.

If you’re looking for herbs, there will be oregano, sage, chives, cilantro, basil and thyme to choose from

There will be a host of vegetables as well including tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and cucumbers.

Those who are looking for things to accent their gardens will have an opportunity to pick up a few of these at the plant sale as well. Among the decorative items to choose from will be various metal art and wood items.

For further details about the plant sale, and to get more information on how to help the FFA program, contact Dani Ariaz at or call 559.779.5662.

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