Austin King Hurt is a boy on a mission. The 11-year-old fifth grader calls himself the Young Urban Gardener on his Youtube and Facebook pages, where he demonstrates how to grow various different kinds of plants in his homemade videos.
All around his house in Indianapolis, Indiana are small cultivated garden plots, growing beans, peppers, herbs, raspberries, and even turmeric.
“Turmeric has so many health benefits, I can’t name ’em all,” he says on one online video.
According to WTHR, Austin started gardening three years ago at a time when his family was a short on food. All they had was a small bag of beans and some rice. Austin was tired of feeling hungry, so he decided to help multiply those beans, and he planted them in the ground. With some sunshine, water, and a little bit of love, they grew and grew.
“We had beans and rice for the rest of the winter,” he said.
“I haven’t bought a bag of beans since,” said his mother Dorothea.
But it didn’t stop there. The young boy now seems to have found his passion in life.
Austin later discovered an empty lot covered with rocks and weeds that he decided would be the perfect place for a community garden. He could help grow the food, and anyone who was hungry could come and take some food home.
He asked the owner of the lot if it was all right to use it for a garden, and she said yes! He soon inspired his neighbors and other community members to pitch in and help. Some people helped dig the dirt, while other people donated gardening supplies.
Hopefully this young boy’s green thumb and positive spirit will spread even farther!