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Next generation farmers grow fruits and vegetables in Indianapolis

Posted at 9:27 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 21:27:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS — It's no secret there is a shortage of grocery stores on Indianapolis' far east side. However, there is a small program aiming to help turn things around by producing the next generation of farmers.

Twelve-year-old Jackson Peddie and his friend 14-year-old Taj Darby are pulling weeds that tend to stifle the growth of their crops. It is a bold new adventure for the youngsters, but they are committed to the soil this summer.

"I put my heart and soul to farming," Taj said. "And actually, it is fun... mostly plating things one by one."

The next generation farmers have already harvested some vegetables and fruit this year to sell on site.

The farm is in the 9200 Block of East 46th street. Kids work there for five weeks and are paid $50 a week. Jackson is saving up to buy some form of X-Box.

It unclear how many of these young people are going to be the next generation's farmers. But Taj told me he's thinking about it.

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