Nightly News | August 20, 2009
ANN CURRY, anchor: If you worry about America 's young people , you need to see our next story. It's about teenagers sowing the seeds of hope for people in need . And NBC 's Kerry Sanders reports from Palm Beach County , Florida , they are making a difference.
KERRY SANDERS reporting: This is a garden of lemongrass, rosemary, hot peppers and basil, where seeds planted this summer by a group of unlikely teenage farmers sprouted something more than vegetables and herbs. There's a bumper crop of confidence.
Ms. TAYLOR AMBROSE (Rise Shine Member): It's fun, and now I seeing anything is possible.
SANDERS: Did you think that you would be this successful?
Ms. CLYNISHA CLARK (Rise Shine Member):
Not at all.And especially not at 15 years old.
SANDERS: On a small plot of land , in a neighborhood where 86 percent of the residents live at or below the poverty line , some of the older kids at the Boys Girls Club in Palm Beach County wanted to earn money .
Ms. BRIANNA HOLLINS (Rise Shine Member): And we sent out a parent survey. Most parents said they struggle putting food on the table.
Unidentified Woman #1: A radish?
Unidentified Woman #2: Yes. I'll take the mangoes.
Ms. HOLLINS: So we decided to build our business on giving healthy and nutritious food at very low cost .
SANDERS: And, boy, did it take off.
Unidentified Woman #3: And here's another cabbage.
Unidentified Woman #4: Now this is the kind of shopping I like. You just tell them what you want, they put it in there.
Unidentified Child: Lettuce, cabbage, string beans .
SANDERS: ...shoppers at the Rise Shine co-op leave with at least double what they'd get at the grocery.
Unidentified Man #1: That's 96 cents, 12 times eight.
Unidentified Man #2:
SANDERS: To meet demand, the kids supplement their garden buying wholesale.
Mr. AL McWHORTER (Mentor): They're seeing the whole cycle. And, I mean, that just broadens their horizon.
SANDERS: It's a real business with real dollars , but the Excel spreadsheet does not reveal the whole story.
Ms. RAVEN PIERCE (Rise Shine Member): It's not all about making money . It's helping others that really don't have it.
Unidentified Woman #5: Tomatoes, yes. Oh, cucumber.
Ms. GINNY LYNN (Rise Shine Customer): My budget is very tight, and this makes it a lot easier for me.
Ms. LOTTIE GATEWOOD (Mentor): Good morning!
SANDERS: Quietly guiding the kids, there are mentors.
Ms. GATEWOOD: They will tell you, every one of them, that they're going to be successful.
SANDERS: And you say?
Ms. GATEWOOD: And I say they're going to be successful. And I 'm going to say I knew them when.
SANDERS: A business growing profits beyond any balance sheet .
Unidentified Woman #6:
Unidentified Woman #7:
Kerry Sanders, NBC News, Palm Beach County, Florida.