Our Executive Director
Fredando Jackson, affectionately known as Farmer Fredo, is a native of Plains, Georgia. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is married with a son and lives in Albany, Georgia.
He has worked in food production and agricultural outreach to low-income communities for a decade. In 2008, he was named New Voices Gulf Coast Transformation 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 got his hands dirty at historic Koinonia Farm, a nonprofit community development corporation with a mission to overcome racial divisions in the South through agriculture. At Koinonia Farm, he learned and used different methods in small-scale agriculture production such organic, square foot gardening, biointensive, permaculture, and SPIN Farming to produce results.
In 2015, he became the farm manager for Healthy Living Farms, a small intensive, non-certified organic farm on the outskirts of Albany. He later worked 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 2016, he began assisting Dougherty County School's Department of Nutrition and its Partners of Excellence in building, planting, and harvesting from their raised bed teaching gardens. He also developed a relationship with Glyen Holmes and New North Florida Cooperative/Small Farmer Distribution Network to bring small-scale limited resource and historically disadvantaged farmers together with local schools in order to provide healthy meals for students, and to give farmers a viable market for their products. To date, Small Farmers Distribution Network has supplied fresh fruits & vegetables for farm to school programs in 6 Georgia school districts (Dougherty, Sumter, Worth, Mitchell, Thomas, and Grady) with 54 schools serving close to 40,000 students in southwest GA. That means fresh local healthy food in more than 500,000 meals over the course of the school year!
By 2017, 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 pre-made boxes of locally-grown produce to community sites, such as churches, health stores, and fitness centers. From July 2017 to December 2017, he delivered over 1600 Farm-To-Table boxes.
In July 2017, He was recruited by the Flint River Soil & Water Conservation District to lead a new urban agriculture conservation program in Albany. He has contacted operators of abandon community gardens and fallow farmland to develop a network of production sites within Albany, GA. In addition, Jackson has regularly educated stakeholders in the area on small-scale organic production, including as a participating speaker in Fort Valley State University’s Seeds of Prosperity program.
Our organization is newly formed 501 (c)(3), consisting of 5 board members representing Albany's leadership.
The initial Flint River Fresh Board of Directors includes representatives appointed by the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District (Marty McLendon, who will serve as Chairman), Dougherty County Commission (Gloria Gaines), Albany Area Chamber of Commerce (Barbara Rivera Holmes), Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (Justin Strickland), and one at-large community member (Julie McLendon). The organization will be adding ex-officio members from partner organizations and the local community in the coming months.