Nashville, TN - Founded 1997
Thistle Farms is run by Magdalene, a residential recovery program for women who have survived violence, prostitution and addiction.
Magdalene, founded in 1997 by the Rev. Becca Stevens, invites women with a criminal history of prostitution and addiction to stay two years at Thistle Farms, while gaining much-needed job skills. Thistle Farms employs 32 residents or graduates who make natural bath and body care products by hand. They use all natural ingredients and earth-friendly practices wherever possible. Thistle Farms plan to use the proceeds from their loan to purchase equipment and materials that will allow them to expand their operations and produce more products. To learn more, read the Whole Story blog: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/local-loan-thistle-farms