Kendall Rae Johnson, 6 years old has become not only the youngest Georgian farmer certified but also the youngest Black farmer.
Her knack for planting the seeds of fruits and vegetables began when she was 3 years old, according to her website. Laura Williams, her great-grandmother, inspired her curiosity about watching the plants grow.
It was a seed that became a plant. Then it would die. Ursula Johnson Johnson’s mom Kendall Rae said that Kendall Rae saw the whole plant life cycle. “Wow!” she was, Kendall Rae stated to 11 Alive.
Kendall Rae’s budding vegetable garden led to the start of her farming business called aGROWKulture, and eventually she became a certified farmer in the stateNow, she has become a local symbol for young farmers.
Last week, the city of South Fulton, where she lives, declared Sept. 28 “Kendall Rae Appreciation Day” for her work in her garden.
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Kendall Rae’s parents built a garden in their backyard when she was 4 years old, allowing her to develop her green thumb to plant zucchinis, carrots, okra and strawberries.
“She started out in a patio garden and the patio garden grew from a little bitty something to, by the time her fourth birthday came, we had a full-fledged garden in our backyard,” Ursula told “Good Morning America.”
“And then, we moved. Now she has a farmhouse.”
Being certified farmer can be difficult. An application is required, then the farmer will be inspected. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has information about the production and sales practices of companies. More than 42,000 farms are in operation throughout the state.
And as the youngest farmer in Georgia, she also joins Black producers across the U.S. who make up just less than 2% of the country’s 3.4 million farmers, according to the the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
Her accomplishments aren’t slowing the 6-year-old down as she continues to host a kids garden club. According to her website, her businesses offer 18 monthly subscriptions that allow her to receive food baskets directly from her garden.
It has a huge feeling in my heart. Garden is my favorite thing in the world. Kendall Rae, 11 Alive spoke of the special place that is the garden to her.
“The best part about being a farmer, is just being yourself,” she said.
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