Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar said that some of the local Farmer’s Market vendors had requested some kind of sign other than the green ones with the pictures of tomatoes already in place that would catch peoples’ attention. She asked David Fourqurean, a county extension agent, to look into it.
Fourqurean asked Future Farmers of America sponsor Jodi P’Pool if FFA members could manage to get something together. P’Pool’s FFA and Lori Ricks’ civil engineering and architecture students ended up collaborating last spring to get the sign in place.
Ricks said that the spot where the farmers wanted the sign was not level, so her students did the survey for free. Her engineering students and the FFA students also collaborated on the design to make sure the arch was wide enough for all the trucks to get in. P’Pool said that the FFA didn’t have the equipment at the high school to cut the letters for the sign, so Tim King at Sumner’s Welding completed it for them.
Sholar said she hadn’t seen the final bill yet, but said it had cost about $600, which was paid for with a Farmer’s Market grant.