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Nelson Middle School FFA to sell Florida citrus

posted Nov 3, 2016, 6:26 AM by Kathy Hughes   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 6:26 AM ]
During this time of year, there is an increased emphasis on health and prevention from obtaining the flu and various other colds and sicknesses. A good way to stay healthy during the holiday season is to eat a healthy and nutritious diet, and consume enough Vitamin C.

The Nelson Middle School FFA members are doing their part for the county, by selling nutritious and delicious Florida citrus fruits, just in time for the holiday/flu season.

Florida Indian River Growers spokeswoman Jonathan Kennedy reports FFA customers should expect the same high-quality fruit that they’ve received in previous years.

Nelson Middle School FFA and FCCLA members sell citrus fruit as part of a major fundraiser to support the various activities, programs, and competitions that they attend every year. In addition to making money for the organization’s field trips and awards banquet, the project also teaches students principles of marketing, salesmanship, record keeping, customer relations, and quality control of a product. The students are all eagerly looking forward to selling fruit to customers, and helping support and represent their clubs and school.

The Nelson County community has been a big supporter of this fundraiser and the FFA for the past 30 years. In return, the FFA members work to find ways to keep the cost as low as possible for their customers, while still making a $3 to $5 profit per box. In previous years students have sold an enormous amount of fruit, which is especially rare for a school the size of Nelson Middle.

Varieties available this year include Hamlin oranges, navel oranges, tangelos, and pink grapefruit in both a 2/5 bushel and a 4/5 bushel size. In addition, a 2/5 bushel red grapefruit/navel gift box is available, a 2/5 bushel size of tangerines, and for the first time a 10 pound bag of mandarin oranges will also be available to order.

Anyone who is interested in placing an order for citrus fruit should call Nelson Middle School at (434)-263-4801 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Orders will be taken until Nov. 7. Fruit is expected to arrive during the first full week of December.