ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A non-profit in Albany was just awarded a $500 grant from the Southwest Georgia Farm Bureau to continue growing its organization.
The grant will allow Flint River Fresh to continue its work with the housing authorities as well as conducting workshops for families to learn how to grow their own food at an affordable cost.
"It's a passion for me to bring our community together," said Executive Director Fredando Jackson.
A statement that Fredando Jackson, or Farmer Fredo, lives by.
"Showing people how we have an abundance of fresh produce here in Southwest Georgia and being a bridge or a connection through our non-profit, Flint River Fresh," said Jackson.
Building a bridge between farmers and people, connecting them through food.
"You kind of understand that sustainability is about what you can do in your own neighborhood and your own community," said Jackson.
Working alongside the housing authorities in town, Jackson is able to provide access to locally grown produce that some people otherwise wouldn't be able to have.
"The seniors, the elders, the ones that are disabled and allow for them to show, like they are at a farmers market," said Jackson.
The first Friday of every month, Farmer Fredo holds a one hour workshop that teaches people how to grow enough food to feed a family of four at an affordable cost.
"If your able to dedicate an hour a week you can produce and harvest and feed your family of 3 to 4 people in a 100 square foot space," said Jackson.
By receiving this grant, Flint River Fresh will be able to reach more people in the community and continue with Jackson's mobile farmer market efforts.
"I've found through growing food that it connects people," said Jackson.
If you would like to come out to support Flint River Fresh, Jackson's schedule is below:
- Saturday's, Flint River Fresh will be at Tift Area Park in Albany from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday's at Pretoria Fields Brewery from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday's at Live Naturally on Ledo Road from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.