Hello, my name is Kendall Rae and I'm the youngest certified farmer in the state of Georgia. I love my garden and the friends I meet in the garden. My favorite vegetable and produce I'm certified in are carrots and they are delicious. I have been growing food since 2019 with my dad and we grow together. My goal is to produce more produce in my community, create a market for kids and manage a monthly kids garden club where we can all learn to grow in the dirt and create a product for kids by a kid straight from my garden.
I am the visionary behind my business with much help from my Mommy and Daddy. My community is my village and I just want my village to grow with me.
For me to accomplish my garden dreams and goals I need a little help from you. Here are some of my needs to become more successful.
- I want to expand our garden area and clear off some rubbish that's stopping our growth.
- I would like to purchase more wood to build bigger better grow boxes and purchase more soil to plant my seeds.
- I would like to purchase a small irrigation system to help me water my fruits and veggies.
- I would like to build a hoopla so I can grow all year round.
- I would like to buy more arts and crafts to create more activities around my garden with my new found friends and I to do.
Thank you in advance for believing in my garden business dreams and goals.
Kendall Rae Johnson, Georgia’s youngest farmer, is a 6 year old, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Kendall Rae, as she is known by most, has been playing in the dirt since she was 3 years old. She was inspired by the teachings of her great grandmother Laura "Kate" Williams. Although Kendall Rae doesn’t quite remember her great-grand, she remembers hearing her saying, "Don't throw my collard green stems away, put them back in the dirt." That’s when it all started…on a small, but mighty little patio pouch with Grandma. This tranquil and comforting place was where they planted seeds of cucumbers, peppers tomatoes and broken collard green stems. Kendall was fascinated by what was once tiny seeds or stems now had grown into a beautiful garden with colorful vegetables ready to be eaten by the family.
At four years old, her parents built a larger garden bed around the premises of the property. She planted her favorite seeds in the dirt, and watched them grow. As the plant cycle started to bud and bloom, Kendall Rae’s little neighborhood friends were amazed by the growth of her garden. When the crop was ready, she would invite her friends over to help harvest her garden. They would all bring their playmate shopping carts and pretend to shop for all the ripened fruits and vegetable from their grocery store (her garden). As she took her friends around the yard, she would explain what type of plant she had grown, it truly became a regular fun and exciting thing to do in her own backyard.
Today, this 6 year old is the youngest certified farmer in the State of Georgia with a business formation with the state and federal government, she has even obtained her farm and tract ID. Kendall Rae’s love of farming has empowered her to become an advocate and spokesperson for little people across the state of Georgia. After meeting House Rep. Mandisha Thomas of the 65th district, Kendall joined her with a press release encouraging support of the young farmers programs for kindergarten and high school students in the city of South Fulton, GA. Their combined efforts helped to raise $85,000.00 to support this program.
Kendal Rae is on a mission! Currently, she holds two invitations for city proclamations in the City of South Fulton (September 28th, 2021) and the City of Atlanta (October 6th, 2021). Additionally, she has met Senator Warnock, Commissioner Gary W. Black, numerous city councilwomen and councilmen, and regularly attends Georgia Agriculture summits. She services 18 monthly memberships for food baskets from her own garden, hosts a kids garden club, and inspires other young people through public speaking engagements about her incredible farm.
In order for her winter garden to continue harvesting crops, without interruption or product loss, Kendall Rae is currently in the process of fundraising $10,000.00 to cover the purchase of 2 high tunnels, soil/dirt, lumber, and an outdoor kids agricultural science learning space.
Kendall Rae hopes one day soon, you will join her in her garden and help to support her efforts to change the way kids look at food and food insecurity. This little farmer is sowing lots of seeds, on and off the farm, please support her efforts so that she will have a bountiful harvest!
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