Seven agriculture students at Manheim Central High School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, have been preparing for their annual greenhouse sale under the direction of junior Anna Haldeman.

This year, the sale is being held in the greenhouse on the high school grounds and will feature starter plants for the garden, including four herbs, 31 varieties of tomatoes, 20 varieties of peppers, eggplant, watermelon and cantaloupes.

“We always have been known for the tomato plants we grow in the greenhouse, and this year we will offer varieties for sauce, canning, cooking and salads,” Haldeman said. 

One of MCHS’s most popular tomato plants is the Pennsylvania German heirloom ‘Richard’ tomato, Haldeman said.

“It is a beefsteak-type tomato developed by the father of Kathy Bower, who served as an educator in Manheim Central School District as well as the executive director of the Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment,” Haldeman said. 

Bower supplies seeds for the tomato her father developed the project each year. 

Working with Haldeman in the greenhouse this year are Lauren Grove, Ellie McCabe, Sandra Mendoza, Ryan Miller, Hadessah Porter and Zach Witmer.

The greenhouse student crew — all members of the high school’s FFA chapter — is using the horticulture project and sale as their Supervised Agricultural Experience project for their plant science course.

Haldeman is the is the vice president of the Manheim Central High School FFA chapter.      

For more information on the greenhouse sale, being held on April 30, May 1, 7 and 8, go to the website at https://www.manheimcentral.org/Page/1233

Art Petrosemolo is a freelance correspondent and photojournalist in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.