Teen farmer hopeful after fire destroys equipment

Teen farmer hopeful after fire destroys equipment

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WOLFFORTH, Texas -

A young farmer and Entrepreneur now faces major obstacles after part of his farm burned last Friday.

Ethan Carter, owner of Ethan's Earthy Edibles and E3 Farms said his workshop caught on fire after a plug exploded.

"This was our nursery, had all our transplants, an entire micro-green business, and all of our tools and equipment as well," Ethan said. "So all that is basically melted now." 

Ethan said the entire shop will have to come down and he will start re-building from scratch. 

"I lost eight to 10 grand worth of stuff," Ethan said. "So specialty seeds, nursery flats, plug trays, and tarps and greenhouse supplies, hand tools, just a lot of stuff."

Larry Simmons, with the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market said he wanted to find a way to help as soon as he heard. He started a Go-Fund-Me page, with a $5,000 goal. 

"I think everybody involved in the market was behind it," Simmons said. "I mean Ethan's a big part of it, he's been with it for a couple of seasons now and he's just a genuine young man, and so it's just something everybody rallied behind." 

Simmons said it is farmers like Ethan that make his job enjoyable.

"He's here every Saturday, him and his folks are the first people to get here in the morning at 6:30 to set up," Simmons said. " They've always got excellent product, you know he takes care of his work, of his crops, he's just a genuinely nice guy." 

While Ethan said it is going to set them back at least a month, he is taking the opportunity to start fresh.

"We're definitely going to build like a separate greenhouse like as a nursery because I don't want to have stuff consolidated like that and it gives us a chance, when we go to rebuild this, design it how we want it," Ethan said. "For now we were just kinda working with what we had." 

He said he is confident he will have plenty of produce for the preview market, the first weekend in May. CLICK HERE to donate to Ethan.

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