“I grew up on Sullivan’s Island and consider the entire Lowcountry to be my home. I attended Wando High School and then the College of Charleston – and went on to become a US Marine Corps combat veteran. I spent 26 years serving as a Federal Air Traffic Controller in Atlanta ARTCC, where I retired in November of 2017.

My family owns a small 128-acre diversified farm in Clarendon County which was established by my maternal grandfather in 1940, farmed by my mother since 2006, and now I have become the third generation to farm here.

On my journey, I zeroed in on Local, sustainable, organic agriculture as the best way forward, but… I realized how complicated the actual subject of agriculture really was. Thankfully I was accepted for the Growing New Farmers Program and with that, a vital apprenticeship at Middleton Place Organic Farm.

During the program, I established my own agribusiness (Pocoapoco Farm LLC) and am now well on the road to building the business with an eye on specialty crop and grass-fed humane beef production in 2019 and then possible GAP certification by 2021.

I found that the Growing New Farmers Program exceeded even my highest expectations in every respect. It provided me with a solid agricultural foundation (knowledge, resources, mentors) upon which to find my footing, and placed in my hands a huge Local network of like-minded, well-connected people upon which I can rely to help me make my farm sustainable, profitable and a good food resource for our entire community. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who is looking to enter small family farming, farm-steading, or any other aspect of the Local food system.”

– Chip Jones, 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