Working Towards a Brighter Future In Agriculture
Here's My Story
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 and beyond. 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.
She has received numerous of media press, print coverage from Good Morning America, The Ellen Degenerous Show, ABC News with David Muir, Nightly News Kids Edition with Lester Holt, CNN, V-103 with Big Tigger Morning Show, The Lily of Washington Post, USA Today, Local Channels (WXIA, WSB-TV, Fox 5 Atlanta). She has acknowledgements from Senator Warnock, Department of Agriculture, Commissioner Gary W. Black, Fulton County Commissioner, Khadijah Abdur-Rahman, House Representative Angela Moore, Georgia Grown, South Fulton Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia National Women In Agriculture, Mayor William “Bill” Edwards and the City of South Fulton, Georgia.
Kendal Rae is on a mission! Currently, she holds two city proclamations in the City of South Fulton (September 28th, 2021) and the Fulton County Commissioner Board (October 6th, 2021). Additionally, she has partnered with the Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension 4-H to create the first youth development program in urban agriculture with 1890 Land Grant University. She regularly attends Georgia Agriculture summits, meetings, conferences and presents speaking opportunities for elementary schools, libraries and organizations where youth are involved. She services 26 monthly memberships for food baskets from her own garden, hosts kids market place events, and inspires other young people through literature engagements about her incredible farm.
Kendall Rae recently received a $10,000 donation from Honey Bunches of Oats presented by Good Morning America to help her winter garden to continue harvesting crops, without interruption or product loss. Kendall Rae is currently building an outdoor kids agricultural science learning space. She is currently fundraising for $30,000 to support the building structure costs, kids gardening tools, curriculums, permits, soil and equipment to assist in its daily operation.
Kendall Rae hopes one day soon, you will join her on her farm 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!
Kendall Rae Johnson's Accomplishments
I have a total of 5 Proclamations from city, county, state and congress leaders in Georgia. A local resolutions given on September 28th, 2021, as officially, "Kendall Rae Appreciation Day" and Resolutions from the Georgia General Assembly on March 23rd, 2022 officially naming "Kendall Rae Johnson Day" on Ag Hero Day.
I have appeared on Local and National News Channels, Magazines, Local, National and Global Social Media News Streams, Daytime TV Shows, Radio, Youtube and more.
Brands that Kendall Rae Johnson has worked with at the age of 6. We expect to see this number double for age 7.
The love of my parents.
What Sets Us Apart
My family (mom and dad) and I are all about learning to grow our own food for sustainability and eating healthier right from our urban farm (our backyard). My mission is to Meet New Friends, Make New Things, and Inspire other kids. My family and I are on this mission to do just that in so many ways, yet, ultimately help our community and communities around the globe.
Why is it important for me to inspire and advocate for youth in agriculture? or those who want to just grow.
I wants to create an agriculture youth development program (4-H Charter) to help any and all, big or small grow their own food and learn about urban sustainability. Our program develops and guides youth K-12 to grow a variety of: vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees. A garden can be as simple as a few herbs or micro nutrients to an array of large, outdoor tubs with seasonal plants.
I will create a Kendall's Kids Marketplace™ where youth entrepreneurship (like myself) meets the community. A marketplace where youth learn first hand how to own and operate a business with help from our parents/guardians, neighborhood business superstars, and community supporters.
and Lastly, I want to inspire other kids and families who follow my journey of growing through a series of books that speaks about my growing and how I am changing the way we see food one seed at a time.