A partnership between Clemson Extension and the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation (FCCF) is working to develop a series of markets to bolster agribusiness around the so-called “Freshwater Coast” region of South Carolina.
Clemson Cooperative Extension agribusiness associate and economist Wilder Ferreira told South Carolina Radio Network farmers’ markets are a way that can help in Abbeville, southern Anderson and McCormick counties.
“The community was looking for that kind of market for them to buy fresh produce,” Ferreira said. “Basically, they had to drive to Greenwood, Anderson or Greenville.”
The partnership helps launch businesses and provide continuing education support to help them succeed in the region.
Ferreira developed a plan for rural development in collaboration with the FCCF and began to teach classes for small businesses owners and farmers on such topics as preparing business and marketing plans, crop production, livestock and bee production.