If you’re a 6-year-old farmer, what do you do when the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye? Luckily, there’s a 6-year-old farmer we can ask.
Meet Kendall Rae Johnson, Georgia’s youngest certified farmer. The South Fulton resident told WSB-TV, “Oh, it feels amazing. You get to pick all the fruits and vegetables that are in my garden.”
Kendall’s mother, Ursula Johnson, seemed visibly proud of her daughter in the news report, saying Kendall’s interest in farming and gardening began when she was just 3 years old. “Kendall got a chance to see a collard green stem placed in the dirt,” said Ursula. “A couple of weeks later, we see foliage! Wow! We can do that.”
According to City Lifestyle, Kendall’s passion for agriculture started with her great grandmother Laura “Kate” Williams. Her great-grandmother would say, “Don’t throw my collard green stems away. Put it back in the dirt.” And that’s where Kendall’s first experience with growing things came from.
When she was 4, Kendall’s parents built her a large gardening bed, letting her choose what she wanted to grow. Now, she runs a kid’s gardening club, creating a space where local kids can come and learn about farming and agriculture. She has also received $85,000 from the state to create young farmers’ programs in South Fulton.
Kendall is the youngest African American to receive her Farm and Tract ID, a great feat for any 6-year-old. Here’s to Kendall Rae Johnson and her amazing gift for things that grow!
Farm Aid 2021 Goes Off Without a Hitch
Speaking of farmers and support for agriculture, Willie Nelson and friends’ Farm Aid 2021 happened over the Sept. 25 weekend, and the turnout was amazing.
The funds collected by Farm Aid go directly to helping farmers and their families in the U.S. stay on their land and continue their trade. Since the start, Farm Aid has raised nearly $60 million in support of farmers, and they’re still going strong this year.
Willie Nelson had this to say about Farm Aid 2021: “When we combine music, family farmers, and good food,” he said, “we have the power to grow the kind of agriculture that strengthens all of us.”
Along with great music and good food, local farmers also got the chance to exhibit their exceptional knowledge on all things agriculture; through hands-on exhibits and art, farmers took the opportunity to educate the public about the tools of their trade, like the soil, and energy consumption. Activists also asked the hard-hitting questions, like “How can we sustain and support the future of farming in America?”
Farm Aid isn’t just about seeing some great live acts; it’s mainly about raising money and awareness for farmers and their families, and if you get to see Willie Nelson sing “On the Road Again,” well, that’s just an added bonus.