Student-run greenhouse works to grow western Kentucky agriculture industry

Chances are you or someone you know rely on the agriculture industry to support a family. The industry plays a huge role in our community.

Watered and cared for each day, rows and rows of plants — 50,000 — fill this greenhouse. It’s up to McCracken County High School students like Abigail Shick to manage it.

"You learn a lot about it. You learn how to get it from seeds to actual plants," Shick said.

Students do everything in the greenhouse from start to finish. The plants arrive at the greenhouse as seedlings and grow to fill baskets.

"Agriculture in this area is huge. It’s economically a major impact in western Kentucky. We have several students who will be farmers that aren’t going to college," said Agriculture teacher Zach Hobbs.

Hobbs says one fourth of the school’s students are in the agriculture program. Students will start selling the plants they’ve grown to give them even more experience in the field. 

"(They learn) lifelong skills and things they can teach their children and their children’s children to feed themselves and the world," Hobbs said.

Hobbs says it’s about giving students the experience they need to support their families and western Kentucky’s agriculture industry in the future.

The plant sale will start on  April 18 and run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday until the plants sell out. Starting April 30, students will have  four Saturday sales from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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