Elected officials came together in South Fulton to honor the youngest certified farmer in the State of Georgia.

Six-year-old Kendall Rae Johnson owns and operates her own garden with the help of her parents Quentin and Ursula Johnson.

“When I first met Kendall… at the garden,” said City of South Fulton Mayor Bill Williams “the enthusiasm— I wish more people had the kind of enthusiasm that Kendall Rae Johnson has.”

Mayor Edwards commended Kendall for her commitment to farming and highlighted the role of community in nurturing young entrepreneurs.

Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman presented Kendall with a proclamation declaring September 28, 2021 Kendall Rae Johnson appreciation day in Fulton County.

She was joined on stage by her parents, grandmother and seven godparents while Commissioner Abdul-Rahman presented her with the proclamation.

“When you have this kind of talent— and we nurture this kind of talent, the sky’s the possibility,” said Abdur-Rahman.

In addition to running the garden Kendall and her father have a monthly garden club for kids and families where they learn about farming. Once a month she also sells a box of fresh produce all from her garden. 

Olivia Radar, Kendall’s member coordinator in the Georgia Department of Agriculture, presented her with the Steward of Agriculture Award.

“It is so exciting to have watched her passion for agricultural entrepreneurship become reality,” Rader said.

She also thanked Kendall for participating in the Georgia Grown program which promotes local agribusiness operators in the state.

This article is one of a series of articles produced by The Atlanta Voice through support provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 Black-owned media outlets across the country.

Madeline Thigpen is an education reporter and Report for America Corps Member. She joined the Atlanta Voice in 2021. At the Voice she covers K-12 education for the Atlanta metro region and higher education....