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Middle schoolers donate tomatoes to Healthy Sumter

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Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 7:09 PM EDT
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AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - Sumter County Middle School’s FFA donated tomatoes to Healthy Sumter to help close the food disparity gap in Southwest Georgia.

Healthy Sumter is a community-wide initiative that addresses food access and community wellness. The tomatoes donated were grown by the FFA.

Fredando “Farmer Fredo” Jackson is the Flint River Fresh executive director.

“With the tomato plants that were grown here, we’re gonna serve two purposes. One, we’ll be able to give them to individuals that wanna learn how to grow from their selves during community-based workshops,” Jackson said. “Then also we’ll utilize the tomatoes at some of our community food plots that we have scattered through Sumter County.”

Fredando “Farmer Fredo” Jackson is the Flint River Fresh executive director. He said he is...
Fredando “Farmer Fredo” Jackson is the Flint River Fresh executive director. He said he is excited to see young people so passionate about agriculture.(WALB)

Jackson said the tomatoes will also be given to those in need.

The FFA does much more than just growing healthy foods to help those in need.

Nolan Moody is the second vice president of FFA.

“We do all sorts of stuff for the community. Last week, I actually went to the Jimmy Carter boyhood farm, and we taught hundreds of kids about poultry. Ranging from first grade to about high school,” Moody said.

They even built something special to help encourage others to get into agriculture.

“We built an outdoor classroom where we painted these tables the FFA colors, and many classrooms can come out here and teach different subjects,” Moody said. “Then we have the greenhouse. We grow cactuses, spices. Many plants.”

Nolan Moody is the second vice president of FFA. He said the organization does a lot of things...
Nolan Moody is the second vice president of FFA. He said the organization does a lot of things for the community, including educating them on the importance of plants.(WALB)

Jackson said it makes him happy to see a younger generation so excited about growing their own food and plants.

“I’m really looking at how this generation can incorporate technology and teach their peers, but also teach us as well,” Jackson said. “We’re really looking at this partnership of having these young people be the voice of (their) community. Having these young people being able to teach others what they know as well.”

Jackson said people can get involved by keeping up with Healthy Sumter’s many events throughout the year.

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