In SummaryKendall Rae Johnson became the youngest certified farmer in the state of Georgia with her business aGROWKulture.
Kendall Rae Johnson, who is only 6 years old, made history in Georgia by becoming the youngest certified farmer in the state.
Johnson got her business certified at the state and federal level under the name aGROWKulture. This step is required in order to become a certified farmer. Her official farmer status will now give her the ability to apply for grants, scholarships and purchase land under her business.
Johnson’s love of agriculture came from seeds sowed into her by her great-grandmother Laura “Kate” Williams. After learning the lay of the land from her great-grandmother, Johnson continued to flourish in farming, and the young girl began growing everything from carrots, okra, squash, zucchini 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,” Kendall’s mother, Ursula Johnson, said on Good Morning America. “And then we moved, and now she has a farm.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports Black farmers make up less than 2% of all farmers in the field. Agriculture is one of Georgia’s larger industries contributes approximately $73.3 billion annually. Johnson’s new hobby will definitely bring more awareness to the field and the disparity of Black farmers as she attends more Georgia Agriculture summits.
“When you go to these meetings and you go to these conferences and things of that nature, nine times out of 10 you won’t see anyone as young as Kendall there,” Ursula said.
“It was so important and so inspiring that they invited her to just come, sit in, listen even if she doesn’t understand what is going on,” she added.
The young farmer would like to raise $10,000 for an outdoor agricultural science lab to begin composting.
However, Johnson’s main agenda is to “make new friends, make new things and inspire other kids.”