This 6-year-old is the youngest certified farmer in Georgia

Sweet potatoes, strawberries, collard greens, peppers — if it can grow in Georgian soil, you’ll find it at Kendall Rae Johnson’s Urban Farm.

At just 6 years old, Kendall is the youngest certified farmer in the state. Her interest in gardening began three years ago, when she learned how to plant vegetables from her great-grandmother, and has been digging in the dirt ever since. “Kendall guides us, and wherever she wants, we are there to support her,” her mother Ursula Kendall Johnson told CNN.

The farm is in the backyard of the Johnson family home in the Atlanta area. Through farming, Kendall not only learned how to plant seeds, but also what grows fruits and vegetables, how to compost, and facts about different crops. Carrots are her favorite vegetable, and Kendall told CNN she enjoys telling people fun facts, like “if you eat a carrot, you’re actually eating the roots of a carrot.”

The Johnson family invites members of the community to tour their farm, and friends, local students and Girl Scouts stop by regularly to see what’s new and help with the harvest. For many, this is the first time they’ve seen food from the source, and it’s one of the reasons Kendall would like to start a program for schools that helps children learn to grow their own fruit. and vegetables.

Kendall is already receiving accolades for her work on the farm — she had the opportunity to meet Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and had two city proclamations issued in his honor. “It’s great that they know me now and know that I garden,” she told CNN.