Sixteen-year-old Lacy Johnson is one of a kind. She’s a teenager, a high school student, an entrepreneur, and first and foremost – a farmer.
Lacy grew up on a family farm in Nancy, KY where she developed a deep appreciation for animals and their contribution to the world. Today, she has more than 200 sheep as well as chickens, rabbits, a miniature cow, a miniature donkey, and much more.
“I just fell in love with them,” Lacy said.
Her favorite animal is a miniature horse named Luke, who has been around since she was a little girl.
While other kids are still sound asleep, Lacy wakes up a 5 am and starts her day. Rain or shine, her first priority is always her animals.
“I get up every morning and I go feed the sheep and other animals,” Lacy said. “I let animals out that need to be put out, and then I go back to the house and get ready for school.”
Lacy’s dad taught her from an early age that if she wanted to have her own animals, she would have to fulfill the commitment and take care of them on her own.
“I’ve always had to get up, go feed everything, and make sure they had water,” Lacy said. “It didn’t matter what the weather was like. We always had to go and do it. Once you buy it, you have to take care of it, buy the feed, and everything. You have to make sure they have everything they need.”
For Lacy, it was about learning responsibility for herself and the animals she had. A normal day for her doesn’t end with school either.
“When I get home from school, I start going around checking all of the animals and making sure they are okay,” Lacy said. “Sometimes I have to round some of them up and give them shots. Then, at night, I feed them and lock them up.”