Poinsettia Sale to Run Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at Greenhouse on DHSS’ Herman Holloway Campus

NEW CASTLE (Nov. 23, 2020) – The annual holiday sale of poinsettias grown at the greenhouse on the Department of Health and Social Services’ Herman Holloway Campus near New Castle begins today (Nov. 23) and runs through Dec. 22.

The greenhouse is operated by Bright Spot Urban Farm and proceeds from the sale of the nearly 1,800 poinsettias grown this season will help support its youth programs. Bright Spot Farms was founded by West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington.

Available in red, white, pink and multiple specialty colors, the 6.5-inch pots are $9.50 each or $10 for specialty colors (Maroon, Marble Star, Princettia Hot Pink, Princettia Pink, Princettia Pure White, Green Envy, Golden Glo, Winter Rose, Ice Punch, Ice Crystal, Glitter and Cinnamon). For orders of more than 25 plants, the price is $8.50 for each plant. Plants in the 8.5-inch pots come in red, white and a mix of red and white, and cost $30 each. The larger plants in the 10-inch pots come in red or white and cost $35 each. There is also a smaller 4.5-inch pot (table-top size) for $5 each. It comes in red, white, Golden Glo, Cinnamon, Princettia Hot Pink, Princettia Pink and Princettia Pure White.

The prices include a foil wrap on the pot. Delivery is a flat fee of $7 in New Castle County, no matter the number of plants.

“Despite COVID, we have been very lucky to continue to provide a safe outdoor space for paid training for our students,” said Sindhu Siva, program director at Bright Spot Farms. “The opportunity to learn new skills and be around peers in a socially distant way, all while earning money, has been even more critical for our students and their families this year. And the work of our youth apprentices supported growing produce for over 80 families in need this summer.”

Bright Spot Farms provides paid hands-on training in agriculture and horticulture for high school students. Bright Spot believes in the power of farming to transform people through building confidence and fostering leadership. The program’s objective is to heal and empower young people gram by rooting farming in an ethic of community service.

Students participate in one or more three-month sessions during which they learn about different aspects of production, marketing, and sales in addition to conflict resolution, problem-solving and public speaking. Students selected to continue for a second year receive leadership training, and coach and mentor new students in the program.

DHSS partners with West End by providing the greenhouse and garden space on the Herman Holloway Campus, 1901 N. DuPont Highway (U.S. 13). The greenhouse will be open for walk-in sales Nov. 23 to Nov 25 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 22. The hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The greenhouse will be closed on Sundays. Bright Spot accepts cash, check or credit card. Follow the signs on the Holloway Campus to get to the greenhouse.

“We feel thankful that our customers have continued to support us through COVID by continuing to shop with us online,” Siva said. “Their purchases support us to continue serving our students, their families, and so many more in the community. We encourage customers to check out our inventory online and take advantage of our online ordering and delivery system to order holiday plants and our honey for themselves or loved ones this winter.”

Orders can be made online using the order form found at brightspotfarms.org/shop. For more information, call 302-255-2993.