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Local teen’s business is blooming

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By CARRIE A. MIZELL
Special to the Citizen
He may not have a driver’s license, but Matthew George does have a blossoming daylily business.
The 15-year-old Trenton High School student is actively involved in FFA, sports and running his own business.
“Matthew is learning about the real world at a young age,” said Steve Broker, Trenton FFA advisor. “He’s a very serious young man, who works hard and will do anything you ask him to.”
Matthew took an interest in daylilies shortly after his family moved to Gilchrist County in 2007, when he started helping his grandparents Jerome and Reba Ridaught at their daylily farm in Alachua.
“My Paw Paw helped me start my own bed in my backyard,” Matthew said. “He has given me valuable knowledge and also has taught me that most good things take hard work..”
A year after starting his own bed, Matthew expanded his small, but growing business and started selling his specialized daylilies to friends and neighbors, as word of mouth spread.


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