A common theme among Ag teachers is the administration expects their Ag Greenhouse Plant Sale to support all or at least a large part of your program. This is quite a feat when you consider that this is a business that has to run head to head with national corporations who have entire staffs dedicated to marketing and merchandising every item they have in their nursery section. There's no way to beat them on price and still support your greenhouse. The big box stores have a business model designed to sell through product quickly but at a less profitable price. However, to do that these big boxes have to make sacrifices and it usually sacrifices on variety and size. These sacrifices and a few other tips should help give your Ag greenhouse a stronger position in the local plant sale market. Here's a list to get you started as always any tips you have will help serve your fellow Ag teachers.
Okay, so I can't count and I gave you 11. Make sure your students and parents are making these contacts too. You'll continue to be amazed at who some of these parents know, went to school with, or happen to be related to. If you aren't a people person, then start being one today. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. When you start saying I am a people person, then you'll start becoming one. You need this skill to promote your greenhouse and your students to everyone in town, plus all their friends.
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