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Erma Siegel Elementary fourth-grader Hayden Thornell turned his idle time into income with Classy Cactus Farm, a ship-to-order business selling succulents and cacti. But it was July and her son had been home from school since March.
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So by the time the new school year rolled around, Jill was looking for something productive her son could do that would keep him engaged outside of a virtual learning environment. As she scrolled through the internet, a photograph of succulents boxed attractively caught her eyes.
In less than eight months, Classy Cactus Farm has shipped over 6, succulents and cacti to customers across the country. The family's dining room table is covered with gift boxes and containers of packing material. The corner of the dining room serves as a sort of greenhouse for all the plants as well as shelves of supplies for the boxes. The covered deck is the potting shed.
Creative, customizable gifts
There are some hazards to the job. Although they order plants from suppliers across the country, Hayden mixes his own soil blend to mail to customers.
Each includes an unfinished ceramic container — a unicorn or dinosaur — with a brush and paint, a miniature shovel and bag of dirt Hayden mixed himself. He also creates whimsical 3D-printed planters that can be accessorized, much like a Mr. Potato Head doll. Dozens of buying options are available, from single plants to multiples.
Business is booming
The types of plants depend on what shipments they receive. At any given time, there are over 20 varieties on hand. Most recently Classy Cactus Farm began offering cactus bloom-scented candles in some gift boxes.
Things to do: 15 family-friendly spring events in Rutherford County for your calendar. Message cards are offered for every occasion — from graduation and holidays to get well and thinking of you. We even had a pharmacy company reach out to us and they had us send succulent boxes to participants in a drug trial.
But it is a career based in science, his favorite subject. To order your plants, visit classycactusfarm.
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Follow Classy Cactus Farm on Instagram and Facebookwhere Hayden regularly posts live videos and weekly specials on products. Reach reporter Nancy DeGennaro at degennaro dnj.
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Hayden Thornell, a fourth-grader are Erma Siegel Elementary in Murfreesboro, and his mom, Jill, sell cacti and succulents online. Come see our off site location!
We are expanding.