Dublin High students grow plants and veggies, up for sale

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Fall is a time for harvesting. Some students are getting a chance to know what it takes to grow and sell crops.

Since school started about a month ago, Dublin High School agricultural students have been hard at work planting over 500 seeds and plugs. Many students 41NBC spoke with have never even planted anything before this class.

It’s allowed students to step out of their comfort zone, experience something new and learn more than just planting.

“I was trying to drop the class, but I was like ‘nah’ I’m not going outside, I’m not getting dirty, but it’s something different. I’ve never did it and I decided to do it and now it caught my interest,” Antonio Moore, a senior at Dublin High said.

Moore never was one to have a green thumb, but here he is – president of the FFA and getting ready for his last high school fall sale.

“We have the mum sale going on and we’re getting ready to do our fall/spring sale. We are going to do bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, red peppers and we’re also doing cucumbers,” he said.

By selling their produce and plants students see how money spent goes back into their classroom and business.

“For the students to be able to get out learn, grow and have some personal development. They also have to be able to afford that for themselves and it’s a bit of responsiblity for life skills that come into this program,” Dublin High’s agricultural teacher Jeffrey Tomblin said.

In his class, Tomblin says it’s more than digging holes. They’re digging deeper into an understanding of farming.

“It’s not just growing stuff in a field or in a greenhouse. It’s everything from the person that’s in a white lab coat who’s testing that new variety or that new cultivation, or using that plant to develop medicine, or other medical advancements, and to that person that is developing these plants and growing them,” Tomblin said.

They will also have a spring sale the week before spring break. Tomblin says they’ll have double the plants and vegetables by then.

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