Student Entrepreneur: Produce Business Crops Up for Plant Science Major
Posted: July 8, 2014
As co-owner of T&A Farms, Alex Cante grows produce sold only in his hometown of Lancaster, Pa., at the company's own stands.
As co-owner of T&A Farms, the Lancaster, Pa., native grows
tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries,
zucchini and cucumbers, sold only in his hometown at the company's own
stands, at The Corn Wagon market, and at Mussers, John Herrs and Willow
Cantey formed T&A Farms four years ago with his current business partner. In March 2014, they finalized their legal paperwork and officially became T&A Farms LLC.
The Plant Science major attends Penn State's York campus and plans to transfer to University Park, where he hopes to pursue his interest in high-tunnel crop production through research while completing his last two years of school.
This is T&A Farms' first year working with high tunnels -- large plastic structures similar to greenhouses that extend the growing season.
As if attending classes; growing, picking and selling produce; and organizing its movement to different vendors didn't make for a busy enough day, Cantey also works another full-time job at a nearby farm. He has been employed at the farm since he began cutting tobacco at age 12, and he's had an interest in agriculture ever since.
"I like the whole process: watching crops grow, taking care of them, and then picking and selling them," Cantey said. "I feel like I haven't worked a day in my life -- I enjoy it that much. I'm passionate about raising vegetables."
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