Back in the cold months of January a few of our youth were hard at work at the annual business meeting for the Kids Carrot Company. This organization was created by our youth for our youth with the main goal of ending poverty. The youth plant, grow and sell the carrots during the summer farmers market and they keep the money that they have earned during the process. In January, they got together to create their business plan. They identified the variety of carrots they wanted to grow, planed how they would run the stand and worked with Ms. Deb to create the atmosphere of a good business practice.
At the beginning of the summer the youth worked hard to get a large vegetable garden planted. They grew a plethora of vegetables including the variety of carrots that they had decided on in January. They watered and waited and did this again and again. The carrots were not growing as they should have. The youth had a small group of the carrots that had taken off but not nearly enough to sell. This was an important lesson in failure. They had to start again. The youth kept on working with the little patch to keep it growing but they replanted seeds for the rest of the carrots and again went back to watering and waiting. Nervous that they just wouldn’t survive the youth waited patiently.
To everyone’s joy the carrots took off. They started to transform from little lines in the dirt to fluffy green patches. They grew and grew and while it was a late bloom the Kids Carrot Co. is ready to take their hard work to the farmers market and share it with the community. The youth worked so incredibly hard for this produce and seeing their vision come to light is simply beautiful.