BRIGHT BOY, BRIGHT FUTURE - Red Bank teenager cashes in on farming

December 11, 2019
Kenyatta Thompson, a young farmer in Red Bank, St Elizabeth.
Kenyatta Thompson, a young farmer in Red Bank, St Elizabeth.
Kenyatta Thompson, a student of BB Coke, will be sitting 10 CSEC subjects next year. He is proud to be a farmer.
Kenyatta Thompson, a student of BB Coke, will be sitting 10 CSEC subjects next year. He is proud to be a farmer.
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When most 17-year-old boys are probably using their spare time to play videogames, downloading the latest music, or competing to be in the latest fashion, Kenyatta Thompson is busy tilling the soil.

Last Friday, when THE CENTRAL STAR visited the teenager's home in Red Bank, St Elizabeth, he was busy tending to his melon field, which he says will be fully ready for reaping in less than two weeks.

In addition to the melon, the youngster is also looking forward to cashing in on crops of pumpkin, cauliflower and cabbage.

"The holidays are approaching so the vendors are stocking up, so I have to make sure I have the goods. Most of my planting or reaping is done on a Sunday, but it gets a bit difficult now as I am preparing for CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) and other exams, so I have to find a way to balance both. Right now I am putting in the work in the field every time I get a little spare time," he said.

Extra cash

The BB Coke High School student said gone are the days when he would ask his parents for extra cash to purchase personal items.

"I don't get allowance, nor do I ask my parents for one because they already have enough on their plates. I save from my lunch money daily so this way I can purchase suckers and seeds for my farm. Just recently, I reaped some cauliflower and purchased a laptop and a printer," Thompson said.

Thompson says he will be sitting 10 CSEC subjects next year and aspires to be an accountant or accounts teacher in the near future.

"Studying accounts in school helps me to manage my business properly. It teaches me not to overspend and how to balance my money. One is never too young to save or think about investments. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty the right way because all this dirt can be profitable," Thompson said as he inspected his melon patch.

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