Grant to help Dallas Community Garden thrive and increase access to locally grown produce
SMITHFIELD, Virginia., 20 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Earlier today, Pure Farmland™ recognized Bonton Farms in Dallas, Texas, for its positive local impact with a check donation of $ 20,000. The contribution is part of the Pure Growth Project, an initiative launched by Pure Farmland in 2020 to ensure community gardens and farms continue to thrive and help increase access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables across the country. Bonton Farms has been selected as a recipient of a 2021 grant to support the association’s commitment to providing residents with nutritious food, skills training through agriculture, employment opportunities, affordable housing and more .
After receiving 103 applications from community gardens and farms in 29 states, 55 organizations were carefully selected to receive grants ranging from $ 1,000 To $ 20,000, offering a total of $ 125,000 in financial support to maintain these unique neighborhood spaces. In the spirit of continued growth, Pure Farmland has increased its financial commitment by 25% this year in the hope of positively supporting as many green spaces as possible.
Pure Farmland joined Bonton Farms to celebrate the achievements of the local green space and highlight the continued impact of their hard work on the neighborhood. At the event, the urban farm announced that the grant will help finance the purchase of a new farm truck. By creating a mobile vessel to transport fresh food, the organization will be able to increase the efficiency of farming operations and the ease of making produce accessible at community markets in Bonton and outside the city center.
“Pure Farmland is proud to offer this opportunity to Bonton Farms so that they can continue to empower the community and serve as an accessible source of essential support,” said Michael merritt, Senior Director of Marketing at Smithfield Foods. “We are inspired by the organization and volunteers at Bonton Farms who make it the work of a lifetime not only to ensure neighbors have access to fresh food, but also to provide a much-needed haven that acts as a source of connection, sustenance and opportunity. “
Bonton Farms leverages urban agriculture to nurture the physical, mental and financial health of a neighborhood of 4,600 people each year. Not only does the lush green haven provide fresh food for those who live in a food desert, but Bonton Farms also connects residents to essential resources to help them thrive, including healthcare, paid employment, housing and education. The organization also offers comprehensive and intensive services such as mentoring, counseling resources, transportation, support to help remedy past tickets, fines and reinstatement of driving privileges. The public garden is applauded for its commitment to working with the community to overcome barriers that go far beyond access to nutritious food during the current economic and public health crisis by walking with people to restore lives, create jobs and give hope.
“Our mission is truly to rekindle hope by disrupting systems of inequity, and we are doing this on all fronts by working in tandem with the community,” said Daron Babcock, Founder and CEO of Bonton Farms. “We are working hard to create impactful and lasting changes over quick fixes. “
For more information, please visit puregrowthproject.com. Pure Farmland is a brand of Smithfield Foods.
About Pure Farmland™
Pure farmland™ is a manufacturer of high quality plant-based protein products, such as breakfast ties and patties, burger patties, meatballs, pre-seasoned protein starters and dinner ties and serves retail customers. Pure Farmland products are proudly made in the United States with soy protein, coconut oil, natural flavors, are gluten and dairy free and a good source of protein. To learn more about Pure Farmland, please visit www.Pure-Farmland.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Pure Farmland is a brand of Smithfield Foods.
About Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Based at Smithfield, Virginia. Since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. has been an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 63,000 team members are dedicated to producing “great food.” Responsibly.®“and did Smithfield one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We’ve pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to go carbon negative in U.S.-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions by 30% in the industry. our entire US value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of servings of food to our communities. Smithfield has a portfolio of iconic, high-quality brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan is famous®, among many others. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
About Bonton Farms
What at first glance appears to be “just a farm” is so much more: Bonton Farms is a transformative and supportive community resource for residents of Bonton, in. South Dallas, Texas. The overall goal is to create a sustainable future and to disrupt the cycles of oppression that have kept Bonton from becoming a healthy community. The farm works alongside its neighbors to transform the area and redefine the “normal” to offer everyone a fighting chance to create and define their own life. What started in 2013 as a simple garden plot meant to create jobs and provide fresh food in the middle of a food desert, has now grown into a 1.25 acre farm. In 2016, a 40-acre extension farm was added. In 2017 the Market / Café opened and in 2020 the Bonton Farms Coffeehouse and Farmers Market opened. At the height of the pandemic, the Farmers Market pivoted to offer online grocery orders and deliveries, generating essential income needed to move the mission forward. Over the years, as the work progressed, the true depth of need in the community became apparent. To solve the fundamental problems presented in the community, Bonton Farms relies on the following essential elements: economic stability, health and well-being, transport solutions, innovative housing, community development, education and access to fair credit. Going forward, the organization has solid plans to add more safe, affordable and low-cost housing; a comprehensive health and wellness center; and mini-homes and innovative homes in the neighborhood to move individuals and families from homelessness and drug addiction to first-time homeownership.
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