PLANT CITY, Fla. — If you've procrastinated for Mother's Day this year, agriculture students at Tomlin Middle School in Plant City may be able to help rescue you.
Students will be selling gladiolus flowers they've been growing as part of their classes Friday at the schools agriculture market. All money raised gets donated back into the schools AG program.
Teacher Robert Wilder said the program offers kids the chance to learn about growing crops, flowers, market prices and managing an operation, all while having fun while doing it.
"Hands on learning is the best way to learn,” Wilder said. “If you could hands on learn for every class I think many students would be enjoying their time in school.”
The gladiolus flowers are being sold for $5 for three stems, and students also have sunflowers for $2.
It's all part of a year-round program at the school.
Every Friday students open the market to the public and offer fair and competitive prices for a number of fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Eighth-grade student Hope Storter is a member of the program and said even if students eventually don't pursue a career in agriculture, they are still learning many helpful skills.
"It's not just agriculture,” she said. “It's all these life skills that we are always going to use like responsibility, diligence, leadership. And even if we don't go into agriculture, they will help us in whatever we do."
The Tomlin Middle School Market is located right behind the school on N. Woodrow Wilson Street in Plant City.
It opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.