40 Under 40, Class of 2014

Kara Kading

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Milaeger’s, Racine, Wis.

Job Title

Director of Events and Marketing/Event and Product Coordinator


Grew up in the family business and started asking customers if she could help them when she was 3 years old. Instrumental in the creation and development of the company’s container gardening business, workshop program and Java Garden Cafe_. Developed company’s lettuce and micro-greens programs to help diversify products and connect with the community. The program provides food to the local area and “also educate(s) our community.”


Lights, Camera, Action: Kara makes weekly informational YouTube videos that are emailed to customers to keep them informed on what is happening at the garden center and in the greenhouse.

Fun Facts

On a Roll: When she was in sixth grade, Kara was the state champion in roller skating and took fourth place in the regionals.

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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