About Us

ACE Basin Growers is a nonprofit 501c3 with a two pronged mission to assist local farmers in being more successful and to promote and support local food systems.

ACE Basin Growers was initially established to operate as a food hub for agricultural producers in the Edisto River watershed and ACE Basin Counties of South Carolina.  The mission has since changed and expanded statewide.

ACE helps facilitate connections and transactions between agricultural producers and buyers.  This may be as simple as introductions.  

ACE operates a program called Choose Local Food Hospitality Grant which offers a grant to reimburse a food service operator 25% for local food purchases up to $1000.

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Jim Johnson, MBA
Founder/President
Region Director SBDC

Business Consultant with 20 years in small business operation and ownership, including food service and food products.  Specializes in marketing and funding of business.  

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Sloane Steedley
Secretary
 

Business Consultant specializing in agricultural marketing, buying food and farm safety. As a farmer/land-owner myself  I am very familiar with the challenges the Ag. community faces.

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Dr. Keli Feng

Marketing Professor

Dr. Feng Specializes in Supply Chain Logistics and serves as the PI of the grant program.

Board of Directors

Jennifer has a background in food service having owned a restaurant and catering business.  She was an educator for many years and has a Masters in Education from U of SC.   She understands farming well as she grew up around agriculture.

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Anna Zacherl

Orangeburg County Library Director

The Orangeburg County Library is a Countywide system with libraries in Orangeburg, North, Holly Hill, Elloree, Springfield, Santee, a bookmobile, and book deposits for senior citizens at several locations

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Stacie Darr
Owner, Yonderfield

Stacie owns the event venue Yonderfield in Bowman, SC and an event management business out of Charelston.  She has extensive experience in event managment.

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Ian Dillinger
Instinct Earth

Owner and operator of Instinct Earth Farm in Walterboro, South Carolina