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Fredando “Farmer Fredo” Jackson, the executive director of Flint River Fresh, has worked in agricultural outreach to low-income communities and in food production for a decade. The Plains, GA native grew up understanding the importance of growing food and its ability to create cultural identity for a community. He wants to make a difference in rural and under-served communities by teaching “super simple” sustainable practices that feed people, preserve the environment, and empower to young people. He has over 10 years of experience in sustainable agriculture.
Known affectionately as Farmer Fredo, the seeds planted by his grandparents blossomed during his time at Historic Koinonia Farm in Americus, GA where he learned and used different methods for small-scale agriculture production including organic, square foot gardening, biointensive, permaculture and SPIN Farming.
In 2008, he was named a Ford Foundation New Voices Fellow. In this capacity he conducted trainings on optimizing social media to help underserved residents in the Gulf Coast rebuild and cohere communities after Hurricane Katrina. That same year he began operating the market garden at Koinonia Farm, a nonprofit community development corporation with a mission to overcome racial divisions in the South through agriculture.
In 2015, he became the farm manager for Healthy Living Farms, a small intensive, non-certified organic farm in Albany operated by a local ministry. He also consulted for Farmers Organic Inc., a purveyor of Certified Organic composts and soil amendments, offering education on food production, soil health, and sustainable production practices in the region. Privately, in 2015, he began approaching individual Dougherty County elementary schools to build raised bed gardens. By 2016, he developed a farm-to-box program — a unique program for Albany which currently does not have a single farm that offers a CSA program — working with local farmers to deliver produce to locations in Albany, GA. He had delivered 1600 boxes before assuming the role of executive director in 2017. In addition, Jackson has regularly educated stakeholders in the area on small-scale organic production, including as a participating speaker in the Seeds of Prosperity program sponsored by Fort Valley State University, Georgia’s 1890-institution.
Board of Directors
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Chairman of the Board
Community At Large
Flint River Soil Water Conservation District
Dougherty County Board of Commissioners
Pretoria Fields/Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
Dougherty County Economic Development
Georgia Department of Agriculture
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
Georgia National Resource Conservation Service
Georgia Farm Bureau