SACRAMENTO, CA - A second grader loves his fruits and veggies so much he's cooked up an app to help other kids get healthy, too.
Nicolas Come, 8, created Nicolas'Garden, which provides healthy recipes for kids.
The pint-sized entrepreneur, though, wasn't always a health nut.
"I was a picky eater back then," Nicolas said. "I didn't, I rarely ate anything."
Nicolas' dad wanted to teach him about fruits and veggies and why they were good for him.
"Me and my dad were in the garden and I came up with the idea," Nicolas explained.
They took a picture of Nicolas holding a basket of their homegrown
tomatoes to commemorate that moment. That picture is now used on the
front page of the website and app.
Nicolas was just 6 years old at the time. The idea simmered on the back burner until recently.
"One day he grabbed the laptop and put it in front of me," father Stephane Come recounted. "And said, 'Dad we're starting my company tonight.'"
With his dad's encouragement, Nicolas attended a hack-a-thon at Midtown's Hacker Lab last November.
"I was really nervous," Nicolas said. "And then I pitched my idea."
Then, a group of developers got to work.
His dad, the CEO and founder of LCS Technologies, a local consulting business for Oracle systems, helped Nicolas' Garden get off the ground by investing seed money in the app.
Nicolas' Garden was just released in May and it's already gotten thousands of downloads.
Nicolas' favorite recipes get his seal of approval. When asked what he wants in the future, Nicolas' answer is simple.
"More healthy kids," Nicolas said.
Nicolas' healthy habits are already rubbing off in his classmates.
For pizza night, little Maura Hurst pushed her family to make a pie with
organic ingredients, all from scratch.
"It was homemade because Nicolas' Garden inspired me," Maura said.
And you can bet that is Nicolas approved.
Nicolas is now looking for corporate sponsors who can continue to help his garden grow.
Even though the app was just released, he's already got plans for an update.