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David Sparks Ph.d Big D corn
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: August 13, 2019

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On Five Mile Road south of Meridian, something special is happening. Sweet corn is on sale and at the Big D Ranch, the kids of the ranch are selling corn.

The kids are involved in all aspects of the operation, from unloading, sorting to selling and delivery. All done with hustle, a smile, and enthusiasm.


"A lot of people enjoy driving up and the kids rush out, take the order and delivery, people get their sweet corn that they've been craving all year and they get a kick out of the kids," said Denice Durrant who oversees the operation. The corn is two weeks late this year according to Big D Ranch owner Richard Durrant. "We're usually done by now, but the wet spring set us back about two weeks," he said.


On busy Five Mile Road, the traffic is steady and so are the steady stream of customers that make their way to the ranch to get the fresh corn. Gary Bodovinich has been buying corn here for decades. "I love the corn and I also like helping the kids out, it's always been a good cause," said Bodovinich.


Hard work is learned on the Big D, and everyone has a job, explains Denice Durrant. "They learn all about working for a wage, and they learn responsibility and hopefully they'll stay on the farm and carry on," she said. The corn will run for just a couple more weeks, but the kids of the Big D ranch get to earn back school money, and know the value of a job…A job on the farm.


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