About Us

ACE Basin Growers is a nonprofit 501c3 with a two pronged mission to assist local farmers in being more successful and to get fresh fruits and vegetables to people with limited access in rural communities and food deserts.

ACE Basin Growers is a 501 c3 established to operate as a food hub for agricultural producers in the Edisto River watershed and ACE Basin Counties of South Carolina.


The entity was formed  by the Center for Food Marketing and Agribusiness through the efforts of  the Small Business Development Center and SC State School of Business funded by USDA/NIFE.

Any Agricultural Producer is eligible to be a member of ACE Basin Growers.  There are no fees.


Jim Johnson, MBA


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.  


Sloane Steedley
Agribusiness Consultant

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.


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.


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

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.

Ian Dillinger
Instinct Earth

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