Trent Grimes joined 4-H in 2012 to be able to spend some extra time with his friend, Kyle. Trent joined the Santa Rosa County 4-H Club, Bockin’ -N- Eggs 4-H when he was 11 years old. What began as a poultry club quickly became a livestock club focused on community service, so Kyle and Trent had a fascinating first community service project assisting the Panhandle Equine Rescue with a no-cost castration clinic. On that first community service project day, Trent and his club helped with 28 procedures that day! There’s a story to tell about that event, for sure, but we will leave that for another time. From that day on, Trent has had a passion for 4-H and community service.
Trent has been a vital part of many events on the county, district, and state levels. Trent has even participated in a community service project for youth in foster service in Tennessee for the last three years. When asked about his time in 4-H, Trent replied, “My experience in 4-H has been awesome. I have been able to see places and meet people that I wouldn’t have normally been able to. I have always enjoyed 4-H University, and I have mowed a lot of grass to be able to go every year!”
Trent is referring to one of the primary skills membership in 4-H has given him. Trent is a young entrepreneur and has been able to finance many of his statewide 4-H trips by mowing the neighbors’ lawns. As the years have gone by, Trent has been able to increase his clientele of Grimes Grass, his landscaping company. Currently, Grimes Grass has 31 clients.
Trent Grimes has always had a heart for service. He serves with his 4-H club and family to assist with the annual Veteran’s Day Cookout, where together, Santa Rosa County 4-H holds a cookout for 400-500 Veterans and their families. Trent also serves on the Florida 4-H State Executive Board, where he can help plan multiple statewide events. His heart of service does not end with 4-H; he serves his senior class at West Florida Baptist Academy as the Senior Class President. Through 4-H, Trent has learned public speaking skills, communication skills, and excellent organization skills. After graduation, Trent will continue to pursue more customers for Grimes Grass and build his business. As any true fan of the University of Florida, he hopes to fulfill his dreams of someday working at a gator farm.
Trent is just one of the many outstanding 4-H members in Santa Rosa County and across the state of Florida that has served his 4-H club and community well. Where his 4-H journey has brought him over the course of eight years will help him to navigate along the new path for the many years to come, confident with the various essential life skills he has learned along the way.
To find out more information about 4-H programs that can offer essential life skills such as independence, organizational skills, and goal setting, to your children or to volunteer with 4-H, please contact your local UF/ IFAS County Extension Office.
Special thanks to Prudence Caskey, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County 4-H Agent, for providing this article and pictures.