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Claire Reid, at 16, simplified food growing with her award-winning invention

20 January 2016 8:01 PM

She barely passed science, yet her creation won global awards and enables people to easily grow food even when water is scarce.

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(Also read "No water? No problem! Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane profits from crisis with invention".)

Mike Wills interviewed Claire Reid, the Chief Impact Officer and founder of Reel Gardening, a patented gardening solution she's invented to simplify food growing.

Claire Reid was only 16 when she developed Reel Gardening in 2002.

In 2003 Claire Reid’s invention beat those of 28 contestants from other countries to win the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

I was a 16 year old girl that was barely passing science. The concept of me becoming a businesswoman was quite absurd.

Claire Reid, Reel Gardening

Claire Reid’s invention uses 80% less water than traditional gardening methods as it requires water only at the exact location of each seed.

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I’ve always been entrepreneurial.

Claire Reid, Reel Gardening

When I was 16 my parents said that they would buy my vegetables if I grew them at home.

Claire Reid, Reel Gardening

Reel Gardening enables you to plant efficiently.

Claire Reid, Reel Gardening

It costs R80 and you get everything you need in one box.

Claire Reid, Reel Gardening

We have the patent in a number of countries.

Claire Reid, Reel Gardening

We’re trying to do more of our sales online.

Claire Reid, Reel Gardening

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Claire Reid, at 16, simplified food growing with her award-winning invention


20 January 2016 8:01 PM

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