IF YOU GO

What: San Juan College Horticultural Club Garden and Vegetable Sale

When: 1 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday

Where: Student greenhouse, located within the Outdoor Learning Center, north of the Clock Tower Building, San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd.

More info: Email Kevin Lombard at lombardk@sanjuancollege.edu or call 505-566-3174.

FARMINGTON — Just in time for spring planting, San Juan College's Horticulture Club will be holding a garden and vegetable sale on Thursday and Friday.

There will be a variety of indoor and patio plants available for purchase, as well as vegetable transplants, herbs, cacti and succulents.

"The plants have been growing throughout the year," said Kevin Lombard, assistant professor of horticulture and the club's faculty advisor. "Some of the plants are the result of class projects, and all proceeds from the sale will go to benefit continued student programming and club activities."

Lombard said that like last year's plant sale, there will be a ten percent discount for anyone working with a community garden.

"We have tropical indoor plants, culinary herbs, watermelon, tomato, squash, green chile and other vegetable starts," he said.

Horticulture Club member Heather Dostaler is a third year San Juan College student working on an associate's degree in applied science, and also part of the work-study program in the Horticulture Department. Dostaler said the students and horticulture club members grew the vegetable plants from seed, and have been propagating the house plants from other mature plants.

"Some of the vegetable plants are coming into flower and will be able to plant soon," said Dostaler, who plans to transfer to Tucson in May to obtain a Sustainable Living degree at the University of Arizona. "Sustainable living teaches people to live off the land and feed their families from the land."

Dostaler said there are many job options for horticulture students, including working for the city in the Maintenance and Parks Departments, as well as in commercial greenhouses or at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry.

Dostaler said the club holds the plant sale twice a year, and will focus on more outdoor plants for the next sale.

"We have thousands of plants, and we're trying to work on getting the college to allow us to have more sales," she said.

Leigh Black Irvin may be reached at lirvin@daily-times.com; 505-564-4610. Follow her on Twitter @irvindailytimes