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Magnolia Puts New Greenhouse To Work

By Staff | Apr 15, 2015

Pictured are Magnolia High School FFA members, Wetzel County Board of Education members, and various representatives from local businesses who played a part in the construction of the FFA’s new greenhouse. (Photos by Lauren Matthews)

For many, the drive down McEldowney Avenue seems to have something missing. Where the Magnolia FFA greenhouse once stood near the football field and track since the 1970’s now reveals an empty lot. However, through the cooperation of several entities, the FFA students have a modern greenhouse facility on Locust Street to learn many aspects of agriculture and business skills alike.

Students learn how a plant grows through hands-on activities which include seeding, germinating, trans- planting, applying nutritional requirements, and general maintenance of a plant.

Also, the students develop interpersonal skills and become more confident with themselves as speakers during the interaction with customers.

The FFA program was awarded a Program Modernization Grant from the West Virginia State Department of Education to assist with purchasing the materials for the greenhouse. One requirement to obtain the grant is to secure matching funds. These matches do not necessarily need to be monetary funds to be considered matching funds.

Many local businesses made the commitment to assist with the project including: Williams Energy, Litman Excavation, Essroc Ready Mix, A-L Concrete, Witschey’s, Ace Home Center, Bridgeport Equipment, and the New Martinsville Electric & Water Departments.

Pictured is just a portion of the beautiful plants and flowers Magnolia High School FFA members are growing in their new greenhouse.

In addition to the WV State Department of Education, the Wetzel County Board of Education, Wetzel County Schools, and the administration of Magnolia High School played a vital role in the fruition of the project.

FFA Advisor and Vo-Ag Instructor John Smith would like to give a very special thank you to the Wetzel County Schools Maintenance Department. “The hours spent by Jamie Doty, Jim Dieffenbauch, Steve Melott, Dewayne Morris, and Glen Hollabaugh Jr. were beyond a doubt the most crucial part of the project,” he said.

The Magnolia FFA would like to thank everyone involved with the project. Without their assistance, the dream of having a beautiful facility would have remained just that-a dream.

The new greenhouse is located on the Locust Street side of the school in the parking lot toward the railroad tracks. April 20 will serve as the grand opening of the greenhouse. Even if you don’t need any plants or flowers, the FFA students would love for anyone to stop by and check the facility out for themselves.

The greenhouse will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be special hours on Mother’s Day Weekend: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.