Who says kids don’t enjoy vegetables? Kendall Rae Johnson, though, is leveraging her passion for fruit to start a garden and become Georgia’s youngest producer. Kendall Rae, who is just six years old, has distinguished Georgia’s youngest certified farmer. Kendall Rae formed a company named “aGROWKulture” with the aid of her mother and joined many organizations to formalize her entrance into farming.
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The city of South Fulton, where she resides, designated Sept. 28 “Kendall Rae Appreciation Day” in honor of her garden efforts last week. According to GMA, she entered Georgia Grown, a branch of Georgia’s Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Farm Bureau. Kendall Rae may now apply for grants or scholarships to help her agricultural company thrive now that it’s up and running.
Kendall’s mother, Ursula Johnson, stated, “She started out in a patio garden and the patio garden developed from a little bitty something to, by the time her fourth birthday arrived, we had a full-fledged garden in our backyard.” “After that, we relocated, and she now owns a farm.” According to her mother, Kendall Rae’s green thumb comes from her great-grandmother Laura “Kate” Williams.
After being bitten by the agricultural bug, Kendall Rae began growing everything from okra, a southern staple, to carrots, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, and strawberries. Through a monthly gardening club and a subscription food box, the young farmer has made it a point to share her passion for the trade. Kendall Rae has assisted other households and young aspiring agriculturalists in developing a passion for learning about meals from farm to table through raising awareness.
Her achievements haven’t stopped the 6-year-old from hosting a children’s garden club. As per her webpage, her firm also provides 18 monthly subscriptions for food baskets from her garden. “It gives me a strong emotion. The garden means a lot to me. “Kendall Rae shared her story with 11 Alive. “The most pleasurable component of farming is simply being oneself,” she went on to say.
Kendall Rae’s biggest backer is Georgia state Rep. Mandisha Thomas, who has sought her aid to help other young farmers in the South Fulton region. According to the site, Kendall Rae’s efforts resulted in her assisting Thomas in raising $85,000. Kendal Rae now intends to gather funds for an outside agro science lab so that she may start composting, but she needs $10,000 to do so.