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Billy's Barnyard is a go for 2020


April 30, 2020

Penny Merryfield/ Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Brian Cox, Pine Bluffs High School Agriculture Science Teacher, waters the plants, while helper, Kaycee Thomas cleans out the plants.

Great news for the people of Pine Bluffs and surrounding communities, Bill's Barnyard,  or the Pine Bluffs High School Horticulture class greenhouse is going to be open for business this year. The Horticulture class started all of the plants in early January and was about two weeks from being done transplanting when the COVID 19 canceled regular classes March 16th and switched to online courses for the remainder of the year. This created a little bit of a challenge because the greenhouse is a student run business where students spend the entire spring semester in the greenhouse preparing for spring plant sales.

 In the fall the class learns about the horticulture industry and how plants grow and function. After this the class does all the planning for greenhouse sales in the fall. They have a revolving budget that is generated from the plant sales in the spring. The kids are involved in all of the process from selecting seed to coming up with prices and monitoring the pests and even the fertilizing of the plants after they are transplanted.  " After this year I will never underestimate the power of student labor in the greenhouse.  When school was originally called off for two weeks we had about two weeks of work left. I didn't waste any time there was work to be done and no classes being held! It took me much longer to get most of it done. Luckily, I had one solid helper to get it done! This class was an efficient bunch and I was lucky they were ahead of schedule when regular classes were called"  say's Brian Cox Pine Bluffs High School Agriculture Science Teacher. 

Sales will run a little differently this year. We are going to open up next week for Senior Citizens and people with limited or no internet access to come in and select plants. We will allow them to come in Wednesday May 6th and Thursday May 7th by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling Brian Cox at 307-640-4469. Please make sure you are a senior citizen or have no or limited internet access. After this the greenhouse will open to online sales Friday May 8th at 8:00 AM on a first come first serve basis. There will be pictures online and you can select plants off of the pictures. Most flowers are sold by 4 packs or by the flat . Vegetables are sold individually. Orders placed before 3:00 Will be filled in the order they were received and will be available for pick up that day from 4-6 or you can specify when you will pick  them up within five days of purchase. Pickups will only be available Tuesday -Friday from 4-6 PM and Saturday 10 AM to Noon. Special appointments for those who need it will also be taken after this point until we are sold out.  Links for sales will be posted on the school website and the school social media outlets until sold out.

Your health is our top priority! If you can't make it out or do not want to get out and are a senior citizen in Pine Bluffs, or close to Pine Bluffs call and let us know what you want and we will find a way to get it to you. If you are sick stay at home and we will get your online order to you if you live close to Pine Bluffs.

Please understand if you can't order online call Mr. Cox. We are looking into a couple of sale platforms and we are hoping that you will be able to pay for the  product online and all you will have to do is come up to the greenhouse located to the West of the school's main entrance at 512 Maple Street and we will bring your plants out to you. As stated please check the school's social media outlets for links to order online.

"We thank everyone for their support over the past thirty plus years and hope that next year we'll be able to serve you in person. I often get asked who Billy is and I have no clue. We continue to offer quality plants grown by students at an affordable price.

We started our peppers and tomatoes earlier this year and they have never looked better! We also have lots of annual flowers, geraniums, and hanging baskets! We look forward to serving you and helping make this year a little brighter with flowers! Remember to stay healthy and we can help accommodate you to get you your plants."  Mr. Cox and the 2019/2020 horticulture class!


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