Plant Propagation and Sales

Bagging greens

Over the last few years, plant sales at the Berea College Horticulture Farm have become increasingly popular. Members of the community, and others in the surrounding region, rely on the spring and fall plant sales for back yard gardening, seasonal gifts, and even landscaping. Selections at the sales include cole crops, herbs, lettuces, peppers, up to one hundred varieties of tomatoes, various flowering plants, banana and fig trees. Plants sold at the sale are primarily started from seed or propagated from mother plants raised in the greenhouse.

Spring plant sales are typically held on Saturdays starting in March and lasting through May. They are held in the glass greenhouse on the farm. Students play an important role and improve their customer service skills by helping customers choose and carry plants, and sometimes running sales. Traditionally, students have also led marketing efforts for sales through social media, flyers, and emails.

Succulents in the greenhouseIn 2017, a student working at the Berea College Horticulture Farm took on a project to expand the production of succulents on the farm. Throughout the season, over 30 varieties of succulent plants are propagated, upgraded, and cared for almost exclusively by students. A variety of mother plants are kept in the greenhouse to support this enterprise. During Fall plant sales, students, faculty, and staff can purchase succulents on campus.  These sales have previously been held on campus in the Dining Hall or CPO and usually take place once or twice a month during the Fall semester. In addition to succulents, customers can purchase herbs and some perennial plants such as rosemary.