Biology Club Plant Sale Nets Big Profits (April 2013)
Annual, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and shrubs sold quickly during the UNCP Biology Club’s plant sale on 10-12 April 2013. Pembroke residents, students, faculty, and staff converged on the north (greenhouse) parking lot of the Oxendine Science Building looking for bargains. In all 2400 plants were sold for a cool profit of $3326. Undergraduate student and biology major, Davon Goodwin, spearheaded the sale, and he was joined in the effort by Justin Duncan, Kristina Sanchez, and other Club members.
The Student Conservation Association sponsored the plant sale. It donated $1250, which was split to purchase, not only immature plants for the sale, but materials for science projects for the Red Springs After-School program, and compost boxes for the Community Garden Program at the Healing Lodge in Pembroke.
Cultivars for the sale were purchased from Raker’s Nursery in Michigan and from Grow-N-Sell in Pennsylvania, while the native plants were obtained from the Lumber River Plant Nursery in Gibson, NC. Weeks before the sale, members of the Biology Club repotted and tended the growing plants in the UNCP greenhouse.
The Biology Club has already used part of the proceeds to purchase camping equipment for the Club. Moreover, they generously purchased 500 vegetable plants and 20 herbs for the Wagram Community Garden.
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) has an eye to the future, looking to inspire and prepare future conservation leaders who are directly involved in environmental and community issues. The SCA provides hands-on experiences for college students, including alternative spring breaks and summer research internships.
Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013
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