“I have always had an interest in agriculture and sustainability. And I wanted to get more hands-on experience as well as make connections within the local agriculture community. The Growing New Farmers Program allowed me to do that. My goal going into the program was to change career paths and move into the agriculture industry.  I participated in the apprenticeship program and was paired up with Vertical Roots. After a couple months of working as an apprentice I was offered a full-time position.

To me, prosperity within a community is a collection of things. There needs to be rich relationships, which form a community where there is support and trust. And there needs to be a local economy that is supported by members of the community. A prosperous community functions on a collective effort. LLF serves as a leader in an effort of bringing prosperity to the Lowcountry, from being able to form relationships with people of common interest to community initiatives.”

Ben Sinderman, Vertical Roots, Growing New Farmers Program 2018 graduate

At Lowcountry Local First we are building an economy that is anchored in local ownership, because we believe that local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy and character. We are the on-the-ground advocate working around-the-clock for our homegrown businesses – ultimately shaping the community we want.

Will you help us to continue to build local prosperity? Will you choose the Lowcountry?

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications