The seeds of learning: School thanks Banner Greenhouses for support

The Muddy Potters club at West Marion Elementary presented Jeff Mast, president of Banner's Greenhouse, with a Quilt Trail Block constructed by the Quilt Trail Assocation.

To show their thanks, West Marion Elementary students in the Muddy Potters club had a barn quilt made for Banner Greenhouses in Nebo. The business donates seeds and starter plants to the school each year.

On Wednesday, May 10 during the school’s annual Mother’s Day sale, Jeff Mast, president of Banner, was surprised by the Muddy Potters club with the quilt, and a reception of cake and lemonade in his honor.

“We think it’s really important to support our local community, and we especially think it’s important to get kids involved, especially growing their own food and learning where food comes from, and get in touch with the natural world,” Mast said.

Banner Greenhouses has been in McDowell County for over 20 years, and are involved with many non-profits and schools to help spread the love of gardening. Mast said West Marion’s garden and greenhouse looked great.

“I’m thoroughly impressed with their outdoor area and greenhouse. It looks awesome, and the kids are excited, and you can tell they are involved and connected to it, so that’s the most important part,” said Mast.

Carleen Policella is the teacher sponsor for the club at West Marion. She said she is truly thankful for Banner , volunteers from Master Gardeners and Gant’s Nursery.

Banner Greenhouses is located on South Creek Road in Nebo. For more information ,visit

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