St. Charles Elementary Fourth Grade student Tyler Zelinko recently paid it forward in a big way. Tyler is a student in Shelly Meier’s 4th grade classroom and was given an assignment to pay it forward. Zelinko identified a cause that was not only close to him personally but close to his family as a whole. Seeing the need to teach people about agriculture and having his family very involved in the industry, he chose to raise funds to help send students to an agricultural education center, The IQhub at Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. The IQhub located in St. Johns is home to 23 agriculture related exhibits that teach young and old about where their food comes, how it gets from farm gate to dinner plate and how we will need to feed over 9 billion people by the year 2050.

Zelinko chose to raise these funds by making and selling rocks that he drilled out and installed battery operated candles for $20. He successfully raised $520 for transportation funds allowing students to take field trips to the IQhub. After completing the pay it forward project Tyler said, “I was proud of myself because I helped many students out … it was kind of fun earning the money so I’m going to keep paying it forward.” When Tyler presented the money to President and CEO of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers Troy Bancroft, Zelinko was given the opportunity to talk about his project to a group of 30 high school students currently visiting the IQhub.

Thanks for Paying it Forward, Tyler Zelinko

As a family business with strong roots and ties to the community Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers strives to prosper the farmer and the public. Thank you, Tyler Zelinko, for paying it forward and helping AgroLiquid educate others.

The IQhub is open to the public 9-4:30 Monday thru Friday and 10-2 on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information go to