Dedicated to increasing access to fresh, local, produce.

 
 
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Executive Director

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. Known in the community 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.

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.

2018 Accomplishments

  • Assisted with 22 School/Community Gardens in Dougherty County.

  • Organized Mobile Farmers Market with Albany Housing Authority serving 5 communities with high population of seniors and people with disabilities.

  • Hosted Grow Your Groceries workshops at churches, hospitals, community centers, businesses, nurseries, feed stores, and health/wellness centers.

  • Supplied Dougherty County Schools with locally-grown collards and satsuma oranges.

  • Distributed over 75,000 pounds of produce from local farmers directly to shoppers Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Sumter County
     

 
 

Board of Directors

 

Marty McClendon
Chairman of the Board

Julie McClendon
Community At Large

Casey Cox
Flint River Soil Water Conservation District

Gloria Gaines
Dougherty County Board of Commissioners

Stewart Campbell
Stewbos

Jennifer Harris
Pretoria Fields/Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Laura Russ
Albany - Dougherty Economic Development Commission

Arthur Tatum
Georgia Department of Agriculture

James Morgan
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

Ray Jones
Georgia National Resource Conservation Service

Kelly Thompson
Georgia Farm Bureau

Blaine Allen
Dougherty County Schools