Andrew Parton is a 15-year-old sophomore at Minooka Community High School in Channahon, Illinois, but his ambition and sense of community rivals that of any of his elders. According to the Shorewood Patch, he is trying to build a community garden in order to help local families find a place to have their own place to grow crops.
The news source reported that Parton has his own collection of used John Deere tractors and he maintains the field of his family's farms and helps with the harvest of the crops in the fall.
The Patch reported that the young farmer is looking to enroll at Southern Illinois University after graduating from high school, as he wants to pursue a career in agriculture. He works on projects like the community garden to help the local community, but also to hone his skills in the industry.
"Many do not realize that agriculture is more than just becoming a farmer," Parton told the news source. "The study of agriculture includes veterinary, engineering, biology and chemistry."
According to the school's website, Southern Illinois University has offered agriculture courses since 1912, and the school now offers a variety of programs and classes in the field.