SHELBY — Cadence Fairchild does not let grass grow under her feet.
The Shelby High School sophomore has been busy developing a large crop of mums (approximately 2,300) this summer. The mums are a part of her FFA projects, along with sheep and hogs. This is her second year of raising mums.
The first time around was on a much smaller scale. The mums will be ready to sell around the first of September.
She has 8-inch, 10-inch, 14-inch, 20-inch varieties, and 10-inch mums in a pumpkin-face container.
Dick Friebel has been a great influence on this young entrepreneur, helping her to get the plants started and setting up an elaborate watering system.
When asked what the hardest part of raising the mums Cadence replied “Filling the pots with the seedlings.”
She ordered her own seedlings to get started, but gives credit to her dad, mom and friends for helping to water and weed the plants.
Cadence has been involved with various projects in the past during her seven years in 4-H. This week she is at the Richland County Fair showing her sheep and hogs, serving on the Jr. Fair Board, and Show announcing.
She is on the volleyball team at Shelby, but currently on the disabled list with a dislocated knee cap and torn ligaments. She is also active in the Student Council.
Fairchild’s Garden Market will be open early in September through fall or until all the mums are sold. To learn more about the mums you can find information on her Facebook and Instagram.