Business venture

12-Year-Old Farmer From Northeastern Ohio Turns His Hobby Into Big Business

WELLINGTON, Ohio – We’ve all heard of “farm-fresh” and “farm-to-table,” but one kid in northeast Ohio takes it to a whole new level.

He makes money by selling his produce and poultry online and having it delivered directly to consumers across the region.

Twelve-year-old David Beekman is certainly discovering balance and purpose as a young businessman.

“It can get stressful at times,” David Beekman said.

This goal ?

He can be found on his family’s farm, Hickory’s Legacy Farm in Wellington, Ohio.

This is where he maintains a rigorous routine as a farmer – watering and growing sweet corn and –

“Eat it or pick it…”

There is also tending the chickens in his mother and father’s yard making sure they have the necessary food and water.

And you can’t forget the more than a dozen overzealous and clearly *shy* goats in front of the camera.

Keeping a routine – between farming and school – is crucial for Beekman.

He is able to do this with the help of his mother, Elaine, who is extremely supportive.

“Teamwork is the source of a dream job!”

David is following in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents with their wealthy farming and farming family.

“It really teaches a lot of responsibility and what he does here – a lot of kids do it for 4-H,” Elaine Beekman said.

But not all of these children think with an entrepreneurial spirit.

David sells fresh poultry, sweet corn and other produce on Market Wagon.

It’s basically an online farmers market where people can buy produce and have it sent directly to their homes.

“As a seller, you can go on, say what your inventory is, what you have to sell, how much it is,” Elaine Beekman said.

It has made a huge difference to farmers in the region who have struggled to sell produce or face supply chain issues due to the pandemic.

Technology is now driving business and giving David and his mother plenty to look forward to…

“Maybe getting some money or meeting new people or going to see new places,” David Beekman said.

“We are very proud. His father and I are very proud. Like I said, his dad has that entrepreneurial spirit, so he likes to see David have that too,” Elaine Beekman said.

David’s mother, Elaine, told News 5 he made between $8,000 and $9,000.

His total profits were over $1,500.

If you want to check out Market Wagon or order produce and fresh produce, click here: Market Wagon | Online farmers markets and local food delivery