Sustainable Farming: wedding regional agriculture and community development in Coastal Georgia

2007 Annual Report for CS06-042

Project Type: Sustainable Community Innovation
Funds awarded in 2006: $10,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: Southern
State: Georgia
Principal Investigator:
John Littles, Sr
McIntosh SEED

Sustainable Farming: wedding regional agriculture and community development in Coastal Georgia


We have been working on the food assessment project and implementing programs that came out of the food assessment. The organization created and implemented a farmers market and mobile market. We have planted and harvested our first community garden.

Objectives/Performance Targets

McIntosh SEED has been able to build a stronger connection between sustainable agriculture and sustainable rural community development by promoting sustainable farming as a viable initiative in coastal Georgia. McIntosh SEED organized a search committee and conducted a local search conference, which focused on developing strategic plans for addressing the needs of local and regional food systems. As a result of the conference,a food systems working group was formed. The food systems working group developed a plan for implementing elements of the Food System Plan and discussed methods to increase the public's awareness of the benefits of sustainable farming.


McIntosh SEED created the first community farmers market in downtown Darien. McIntosh SEED built a partnership with local farmers and created markets for local farmers' produce, which resulted in additional income for the farmers.

Over 1,000 local residents and tourists visited the farmers market. A local business donated the property where the market was located.

McIntosh SEED produced value-added products from local produce.

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes

Based upon McIntosh SEED's food systems work and building a local sustainable food system in McIntosh County, for the first-time ever, local farmers' produce was sold in three (3) local restaurants.

Local farmers' produce was also sold to the local school system.

As a result of the increased venues for locally-grown produce, the community benefitted from local sustainable agriculture and more nutritious foods.