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This story appears in the October 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

(YoungBiz.com) - Deanna Thies of Glasgow, Missouri, is the owner of The Veggie Patch, a seasonal agriculture business that nets her and her younger sister Jana thousands of dollars in profits each year.

Thies, 20, started her business by convincing relatives and neighbors to let her grow fruits and vegetables on their unused land in exchange for upkeep and a portion of the crops. "The business pretty much evolved from there," she explains. "I already knew a lot of things I wanted to grow, like tomatoes and watermelons, but I talked to farmers in the area about where I should sell my produce and what sells well." Initially deciding on 30 to 40 varieties of fruits and veggies that she would sell at two nearby farmers markets, Thies eventually expanded her offerings to include cut flowers and more exotic vegetables favored by her area's ethnic communities.

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