US (TN): DeKalb County highschool receives new greenhouse

The Future Farmers of America Chapter at DeKalb County High School is getting a new greenhouse, and it has the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association to thank for it.

Leaders of the TNLA presented a check for $1,000 to the FFA Chapter to reboot the Plant Science program at DCHS.

John Flanders, 2nd vice president of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association, made the presentation, joined by Bert Driver of Bert Driver Nursery, who is also a member and Legislative Chair/ Ex Officio of the TNLA. Receiving the donation were Morgan Oyster, local FFA Chapter Advisor, FFA President Laura Magness, FFA Secretary Elizabeth Gaines, and DCHS Principal Bruce Curtis.

With DeKalb County being part of the nursery capital of the world, Flanders said the donation to the DCHS FFA program is fitting, and he credited Driver with having come up with the idea.

“We are donating $1,000 to the DeKalb County FFA to support the construction of a new greenhouse here at DCHS. The project was originally championed a couple of years ago by the past President of TNLA, Bert Driver. I was on the board at the time too. I have recycled back onto the board now due to a vacancy. We had a golf tournament that raised a couple of thousand dollars, and we designated $1,000 of those proceeds to help the kids here at  DeKalb County FFA. One of our mandates at the TNLA is to promote education and in agriculture specifically, and that is what we are doing here today,” said Flanders.

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