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Colony Park students grow plants for sale
Seventh grade Colony Oak teacher Ken Tyhurst carries a flat of seedlings at the Ripon schools small hot house framed by small corn stalks. - photo by GLENN KAHL

RIPON — A variety of school-grown vegetables plants that have been a “farmers’ market” project of Colony Oak School’s seventh grade will go on sale to parents and friends Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. as a fund-raising jog-a-thon gets under way on the school turf.

It is seventh grade teacher Ken Tyhurst’s first year at Colony after serving some four years at Ripon Elementary where he had his students also growing vegetable plants from seeds on campus.  It is hoped that the parents who come to the jog-a-thon will stop by the small school farm and purchase starters for their spring plantings at home.

The morning sale will continue until 10 a.m. and begin again at 2 p.m. lasting for an hour with prices from $1 for 3-inch vegetable starts to $2.50 for 4-inch herb pots.  All 33 students in Tyhurst’s class have participated in the agricultural project.

The starter plants include tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, squash and jalapenos.