Show 118 – “The Great Outdoors” (Part 2)

The Great Outdoors Part 2 | Bonnie Plant Farm | Munford Elementary

If you have a green thumb, and enjoy working in gardens, and planting the occasional herb, then this an episode for you. The ON THE JOB team took a trip down to Union Springs, AL, and had the opportunity to visit with one of the premier green house operations in the country, Bonnie Plant Farm. What started out in a backyard garden in this rural town in 1918, has now grown to a multi-million dollar plant operation serves plants and herbs to 49 states, including Canada. This empire of a plant operation employs over 500 sales reps, and encompasses over 10,500 accounts. A salesmen works a plant route for no longer than 5 months out of the year, and is said to make anywhere between $25,000-$90,000 during that time! Welcome to the world of Bonnie Plant Farm!

Bonnie Plant Farm not only works servicing the country with plants and herbs. Bonnie Plant Farm also has a heart for our children. The “Jr. Masters Gardner Program” is an outreach tool, Bonnie Plant Farm produces for elementary children in schools with material to enhance a child’s awareness about plants, and gardening, but this program provides children with books, seeds, and book supplies, so children can grow there own garden. The ON THE JOB team spent time with the children at Munford Elementary along with teacher Kim Murray, and County Extension Agent Laurie Vines to get a first hand look at this wonderful program.

Related Links:
www.bonnieplants.com
mes.tcboe.org

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