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Spring brings business to Tech Farm Salesroom

May 16, 2014

The Louisiana Tech Farm Salesroom processes meat daily. They receive their meat from outside sources and is cut fresh. – Photo by Derek J. Amaya

The Louisiana Tech Farm Salesroom processes meat daily. They receive their meat from outside sources and is cut fresh. – Photo by Derek J. Amaya


LACY CAMP
Staff Reporter

Spring brings more than flowers and pollen; it also brings more business to the Louisiana Tech Farm Salesroom.

“Usually the spring is our busiest time of the year, especially since we have people who are wanting to cook out more and tours from elementary schools,” said Gordon Reger, the salesroom manager. 

In order to have plants, vegetables and herbs ready for spring, the farm store uses Tech’s greenhouses to grow the seeds of each crop.

“We have six greenhouses,” Reger said. “We have one greenhouse dedicated to poinsettias, another for spring plants and individual greenhouses for herbs and vegetables.”

In the spring, the salesroom has several kinds of plants that are grown and sold.

“We have vegetable plants, like tomatoes and peppers,” said Charolett Caraway, an employee at the salesroom. 

The salesroom also grows and sells herbs like catnip and oregano, and tlowering plants like snapdragons and lavender.

Along with plant products, Tech Farm also sells meat and dairy.

“We get most of our  meat from an outside source,” Caraway said, “but we do all the processing here, so it is fresh cut every day.”

However, not all meat comes from an outside source, Caraway said. Some of the meat comes from animals raised by Tech students.

“Some of our meat is from Tech-raised animals,” Reger said. “We usually use our own Tech-raised lambs and a few other animals, but we process all the Tech and outside source meat at the beef unit.”

The farm store also sells rib eye steaks, butterfly pork loin chops, stuffed pork chops, and beef and chicken kabobs.

Although the farm store is located on Tech’s campus, students are not the only customers.

“We have a lot of outside business,” Caraway said. “Including people who have done business with us since they opened up this store.”

The farm store has one full-time employee and three student workers.

“It is community service that allows students to get a hands-on experience,” Reger said.

As it is a job for agricultural students, it has its benefits.

“It is beneficiary because yes, it is a job for the students, but it gives them an experience outside of the books,” Reger said. “It gives them the opportunity to be able to know what they are talking about and be able to help customers on any situation or with any question.”

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