“To turn your dreams into reality, all your resources, efforts and concentration should be aligned in the same direction.” ― Dr Roopleen
At such a young age of 12, Te’Lario Watkins II is a farmer, successful entrepreneur, food activist, and youth leader who inspires people to grow their food and end food waste. He is committed to addressing food insecurity and ending hunger. At just twelve years old, he has achieved various milestones, including starting a mushroom farm, writing a book, and being featured on the Steve Harvey show.
How Te’Lario Watkins Decided to Start a Mushroom Farm?
At the young age of 7, Te’Lario Watkins II developed a passion for mushroom farming and started his mushroom farm called the ‘Tiger Mushroom Farms.’ It began when he enjoyed growing cat grass and basil during his first cub scout meeting and wanted to keep increasing something during the cold winters.
With research, he knew that mushrooms are the most suitable to grow in a cold environment. Thus, he started his mushroom farming journey. Shiitake is his favorite mushroom type, and he grows Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms on his farms. His favorite delicious mushroom recipes are also available on his website.
More About the Famous Tiger Mushroom Farms
Tiger Mushroom Farms is a thriving business. Te’Lario and his sister grow and sell mushrooms to customers at local farmers markets, to a university, high-end restaurants, and a hospital. His parents offer endless support and encourage their child in all his initiatives. Te’Lario enjoys working with his family because he gets an opportunity to spend more quality time with them.
Other Initiatives Taken By Te’Lario Watkins II
Te’Lario’s aim is reducing food wastage and ending hunger. He believes that no one should have to go hungry when there is so much food. His main goal is to inspire and help people grow healthy food.
To put an end to food waste, he has partnered with two organizations, ‘Food Rescue US’ and ‘No Kid Hungry.’ He volunteered with ‘Food Rescue US’ by collecting unsold food from various restaurants and donating it to local food banks. Te’Lario is a hunger hero with the national organization ‘No Kid Hungry’ and hosts a Friendsgiving every year to fundraise. His motive is to spread awareness to end food insecurity and hunger, and he is working very hard for this. Te’Lario aims to become the President of the United States someday.
Global Child Prodigy 2020 Awardee
The Global Child Prodigy is the only organization of its kind that recognizes the talents from various countries and backgrounds. The GCP Awards list includes children having extreme competency in their field, such as entrepreneurship, education, social work, etc.
Te’Lario Watkins II received the Global Child Prodigy Award in January 2020 for his incredible farming skills moreover His name made an appearance in the list of the top 100 prodigies of the year. If you know someone close to you who deserves to be in the next TOP 100 Child Prodigies list, make sure to click here.
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