As kids, we all dream of what we want to be when we grow up. But 6-year-old Kendall Rae Johnson it’s not just dreaming about it, she is doing it. The Atlanta baby girl, who has planted seeds since she started digging in the dirt, is now Georgia’s youngest certified farmer.
While most kids her age take naps and play, 6-year-old Kendall Rae Johnson is busy planting seeds, watering crops and harvesting the weekly reward. She has lot to do in her real farming business, aGROWKulture.
How it all began?
Kendall started when she was only 3 years old. Her great-grandmother taught her how to plant cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes in her small patio garden.
At age 4, Kendall’s parents built a flower bed around their garden for her. That’s how her passion for growing took off.
Soon she invited children from all over her neighborhood to see what she had grown up to. Eventually, the day trips grew into aGROWKulture, a business where she teaches gardening to other children and sells boxes of fruit and vegetables by subscription.
Yesterday, while on other official business at the Fulton County Government Center, Deputy Chief C. Murphy of the Community Services Division, spent a few valuable moments talking with GA's youngest certified farmer, 6-year-old Kendall Rae Johnson.❤️ https://t.co/5aDwf6q9Gk pic.twitter.com/RIqsNVv9Rb
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) October 8, 2021
Every month, she hosts a gardening club to raise awareness about agriculture. Participants can help her plant and harvest food from her farm. They also produce monthly subscription baskets filled with fresh produce that people can buy for themselves or give to them to families in need.
She took a part at several press conferences about young farmers in her region. With her efforts she raised $ 85,000.
Kendall also starred in a YouTube cooking show called From the Farm to the Kitchen. She cooks recipes using freshly grown vegetables from her garden with a Georgia Grown chef, the Marketing program of the Agriculture of Georgia department.
The girl’s next goal is to raise $ 10,000 to build an outdoor agricultural science lab where there will be a composting space and a learning space for the children. She was on Good Morning America where they gave her $10,000 grant to help her achieve it.
Small kid- big achievements
Even though farming is a big, hard job, Kendall hasn’t let the business steal the joy and simplicity of watching something born out of nothing.
“I love to farm because I love to play in the dirt,” she told Southern Living.
If Kendall is already building a thriving business at age 6, you can’t help but wonder what will have sprouted when she gets in college and beyond!