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Young farmer grows big turnip

The Monroe County Reporter of Forsyth, Georgia

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Tristan Hunt, 5, is an important part of a garden project with his granddad, Morgan Harvey and Ricky Harrington. They planted a vegetable garden on Treadwell Road in Forsyth that included about 1.5 acres, and they just put a 10 foot fence around it to keep deer out.

The purple top turnips they planted were 'hugely' successful, as can be seen in the picture above, and they have also planted collards, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, rutabagas, tender greens, beets, carrots, and onions. The hard working gardeners eat what they want and share the rest with their lucky friends and neighbors.

Tristan is the son of Donny and Ansley Hunt of Bolingbrokeand attends Montessori of Macon. He goes home with his grandparents, Morgan and Nancy Harvey, at least once a week to "tend to his chores at the farm."

"If he grows it, he will eat it; so sometimes when we eat out we have to tell him that Granddad gave them the veggies from his garden!" said Tristan's mother.

Tristan took the big turnip pictured above, the biggest of several large turnips the garden has produced so far, to show his class and and the class of his younger brother, Camden. He brought it home and is ready to eat it.

His mother said he eats the purple top turnips raw, fresh out of the garden, and is able to do so since they are grown with no herbicides or pesticides.

The big turnip weighed in at 5 lbs 2.5 oz and measured 22.5 inches around.

Original Publication Date: January 18, 2012

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