6-year-old Girl Makes History as Georgia’s Youngest Certified Farmer
Who said kids don’t like their veggies?
Well, little Kendall Rae Johnson is using her love for produce to produce a garden and make history as Georgia’s youngest grower.
At just 6 years old, Kendall Rae has claimed the title as the youngest certified farmer in the state of Georgia.
With the help of her mom, Kendall Rae started a business called “aGROWKulture” and joined several organizations to make her foray into farming more official.
She joined Georgia Grown, a division of Georgia’s Department of Agriculture, and the Georgia Farm Bureau, GMA reports.
Now that Kendall Rae’s got her business buzzing, she can apply for grants or scholarships to help her farming business flourish.
“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,” Kendall’s mother, Ursula Johnson, said. “And then we moved, and now she has a farm.”
Kendall Rae got her green thumb from her great-grandmother Laura “Kate” Williams, her mom said.
After getting bit by the agricultural bug, Kendall Rae started to grow everything from okra, a southern staple, to carrots, cucumbers, squash, zucchini and strawberries.
The young farmer has made it a point to share her love for the craft through a monthly gardening club and she offers a subscription food box. Through spreading awareness Kendall Rae has helped other families and young aspiring agriculturalists foster a love for learning about food from farm to table.
Georgia state Rep. Mandisha Thomas is one of Kendall Rae’s biggest supporters and enlisted her help to support other young farmers in the South Fulton area. Her efforts resulted in Kendall Rae helping Thomas to raise some $85,000, according to the outlet.
Now Kendal Rae wants to raise funds for an outdoor agricultural science lab to begin composting but needs $10,000 to make the project a reality.
Hopefully Tyler Perry can help.