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

( - Deanna Thies of Glasgow, Missouri, isthe owner of The Veggie Patch, a seasonal agriculture business thatnets her and her younger sister Jana thousands of dollars inprofits each year.

Thies, 20, started her business by convincing relatives andneighbors to let her grow fruits and vegetables on their unusedland in exchange for upkeep and a portion of the crops. "Thebusiness pretty much evolved from there," she explains."I already knew a lot of things I wanted to grow, liketomatoes and watermelons, but I talked to farmers in the area aboutwhere I should sell my produce and what sells well." Initiallydeciding on 30 to 40 varieties of fruits and veggies that she wouldsell at two nearby farmers markets, Thies eventually expanded herofferings to include cut flowers and more exotic vegetables favoredby her area's ethnic communities.

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