Carson Green’s entrepreneurial spirit helped him create Everything Country Magazine at the young age of 13.
The now 15-year-old from Mossbank took part in Canada’s Farm Show for the first time this year. On Wednesday he had a Fireside Chat with Host Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel on the Launchpad.
“I couldn’t be more thankful, and grateful. It’s an amazing feeling to think that people are stopping by to listen to Cherilyn and me have our conversation, people are stopping by my booth to say hi, it’s awesome,” Green said.
Green has had a mind for business from a young age.
“In the past I’ve raised and bred rabbits and sold them as pets,” Green said.
“I’ve also skinned gophers and had a little taxidermy business going there. In 2021, I had the idea of Everything Country Magazine, and here we are today.”
The magazine, unsurprisingly, covers all things country, including agriculture, ranching, rodeo and hunting. Green writes the majority of the content in his magazine, but receives contributions from across the province.
“A lot of my inspiration is the setting that I’m in,” Green said.
Green created his first issue of Everything Country Magazine in 2021 and while he reflected on its success, he also recognized how challenging it was to start.
“Nobody took me seriously, I had printers that quoted me at inhumanly possible prices. I don’t entirely blame them: when a 13-year-old calls you up and says ‘I need x amount of magazines printed,’ people just laugh,” Green said.
“Nothing good in life comes easy, so I definitely was knocked down a time or two, but overall there has been amazing support from everybody that has been very motivating and I’ve always gotten back up.”
The magazine publishes twice a year — in the spring and fall — and just released its latest edition, which was available exclusively to people at Canada’s Farm Show.
“After the show it will be released to the public,” Green said.
“I’ll start putting together my fall/winter one right away here.”
Many people signed up for subscriptions at the Farm Show, including Minister of Agriculture David Marit, which Green called an “amazing” feeling.
“The support I get from everybody, I couldn’t ask for it to be better,” Green said.
He has even received support from classmates.
“At first I kind of thought it would make me out to be that weird magazine kid, but it’s been awesome,” Green said.
“Everybody thinks it’s really cool. A lot of my friends buy copies. They’re all buying t-shirts, hoodies, hats, as well as always submitting photos and all that.”
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