Fred is the Marketing Specialist with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, where, among other things, he is responsible for providing support for planning, organizing and operation of eighty community-based farmers markets in South Carolina. Since beginning with the Department in 2003, the number of community-based farmers markets in the state has doubled. Fred also helped facilitate the development of South Carolina Association of Farmers Markets, which established a charter in January 2009. Fred initiated a program to help farmers markets get authorization to accept EBT, and to date his state has 14 markets authorized to accept EBT for SNAP participants. Having grown up on a family farm, Fred has been involved with agriculture his whole life. He served as the co-coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) in South Carolina, and served on the SARE Leadership Committee for the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean Islands.