Over the past year I’ve done a lot of exploration into the world of social enterprises- entities that exist for more than the sole purpose of making money, but also to do social and environmental good. I’ve learned about B Corporations, Benefit Corporations, and the growing trend of non-profit organizations to adopt some of the principles of for profit businesses so they are not solely grant reliant. Through working at the Saxapahaw General Store, I am often in contact with many of these businesses, organizations, and the entrepreneurs who are seeking to do greater good in this world. One such organization that supplies our little store with freshly grown veggies through the summer is Benevolence Farm.
Benevolence Farm is a non-profit organization that envisions a world more equitable, just, and nurturing for women and the communities they transform. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for women leaving prison to live and work on a farm where they grow food, nourish self, and foster community. This past Summer, Benevolence Farm yielded vegetables, herbs, and flowers from their 5000 square foot garden. They sold much of their crop to us at the Saxapahaw General Store, to the Company Shops Market and the Burlington Farmers Market. This year, they have plans for expansion. After efforts to clear trees on the property, they will move from 5000 sq ft. of farmable land to one acre. Benevolence Farm will also double their reach in helping women transitioning from the prison system by increasing the number of women they can host from five to 12.
Benevolence Farm is having an open house on Friday, January 15. Stop by to learn more about the cause and what you can do to help.