Rockridge FFA to sell vegetable plants at Edgington Yard Sale

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

TAYLOR RIDGE, Ill. (April 28, 2015) – Vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, and for Rockridge FFA in Taylor Ridge, they’re also helping to nourish the chapter’s budget. For the second year in a row the chapter will sell potted vegetable plants at the Edgington Yard Sale, from seeds donated by Seminis®, Monsanto’s vegetable seed brand.

 Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and squash are among the seeds included in the donation this year. The Rockridge FFA has participated the past eight years in the Edgington Yard Sale as an annual fundraiser.

“We usually raise between $1,500 and $3,000 through the plant sale, and the proceeds are put back into the FFA to cover the cost of transportation to activities and for needed equipment,” said Allen Hyett, Rockridge FFA advisor. “It is also used to pay for the following year’s potting soil and other supplies for the sale.”

Prior to the community-wide yard sale on May 9, the chapter will also sell the potted vegetable plants to Rockridge High School teachers and parents. Any unsold plants after the yard sale will be donated to the international garden run by the Broadway Presbyterian Church in Rock Island. This one-and-a-quarter acre garden has made fresh produce available to refugees in Rock Island for the past five years.  

“The international garden houses family gardens and a larger communal garden,” said Brian McMaster, an elder at Broadway Presbyterian Church. “The Rockridge FFA has donated surplus plants to us for the past three years, and this year we are working to strengthen our partnership even more.”

As a subsidiary of Monsanto, Seminis is passionate about developing vegetable seed varieties that grow into quality, nutritious produce and contribute to a balanced meal. The seed donations are one of the many ways Monsanto demonstrates a commitment to supporting communities where farmers live and work. To join the conversation about agriculture and how food is grown, visit