At only 6 years old, Kendall Rae Johnson has already made history as Georgia’s youngest certified farmer.
According to her website, Kendall began exploring her love for farming when she was 3-years-old. Growing fruits and vegetables in a small patio garden with her great-grandmother Laura “Kate” Williams.
“She started to see it go from a seed, to a plant, and then die and come back. She saw the plant life cycle of that and was like, wow,” Kendall Rae’s mom, Ursula Johnson, told 11 Alive.
Kendall’s passion for farming led to the start of her farming business called aGROWKulture, and eventually she became a certified farmer in the state of Georgia.
Becoming a certified farmer is no easy feat but as an official farmer, she can apply to grants, scholarships and purchase land under her business.
In addition to being the youngest farmer in Georgia, Kendall joins the less than 50,000 Black farmers across the U.S.
According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture Black producers make up less than 2% of the country’s 3.4 million farmers.
A legacy of structural inequality has steadily drastically depleted the number of Black farmers in the U.S. Nearly of century of racial discrimination in agriculture, exclusion from federal relief programs, and laws that preyed upon the economically disadvantaged have slashed the number of Black farmers in America from the nearly 1 million who farmed in 1920 to fewer than 50,000 today.
Kendall is focusing on spreading awareness about farming to her peers. According to her website, her mission is to meet new friends, make new things & inspire other kids.
Last week, the city of South Fulton, where she lives, declared Sept. 28 “Kendall Rae Appreciation Day” for her work in her garden.
She is currently also hoping to raise $10,000 for an outdoor agricultural science lab to begin composting.
To learn more about Kendall Rae Johnson, visit her website.