Benevolence Farm

aka Benevolence Farm   |   Graham, NC   |  www.benevolencefarm.org

Mission

To provide an opportunity for women leaving prison to live and work on a farm where they grow food, nourish self and foster community.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Tanya Jisa

Main address

PO Box 1313

Graham, NC 27253 USA

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EIN

26-3685507

NTEE code info

Transitional Care, Half-Way House for Offenders/Ex-Offenders (I31)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Job Training

Women will be employed by our social enterprise while residents of Benevolence Farm.  Jobs will include growing produce, preparing produce for market, selling produce through various markets, creating value-added products, marketing the produce, and various other tasks associated with a farm enterprise.

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Awards

Finalist 2007

PBS NOW Project Enterprise

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Stable housing and gainful employment are critical for the successful transition of women returning from prison. Benevolence Farm will fulfill this crucial need in North Carolina through an innovative social-enterprise based program. Benevolence Farm will provide a transitional living program for 5, and eventually up to 12, women leaving North Carolina prisons. We recognize that change must come from within, but can be cultivated and inspired through a supportive, natural environment. Our goal is to give our participants the time and space — figuratively and literally — to make real, lasting changes and therefor not return to prison as nearly one if three formerly incarcerated individuals do.

Participants will develop skills in sustainable farming, small business practices, food preparation and presentation in an environment that fosters improved physical, spiritual and financial health. Residents will actively contribute to the wellbeing of the farm, staking a claim in the program's — and more importantly their own — success.

We currently have a house and 13 acres of land where we intend to welcome up to five women in the next several months. Longer term we will build additional housing for up to 12 women just west of the current residence on the vibrant land we are honored to steward.

Currently, our house, situated on 13 acres of land in Alamance County, is furnished and ready to house up to five women in the near future. Our farm manager has successfully cleared over a half acre of land and has planted summer and fall crops for harvest and sale at local farmers markets. Before we hit our funding goals and bring women to our program, we have implemented a series of bridge programming activities that are available to women in the community interested in healing through horticultural therapy.

Financials

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Benevolence Farm

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2019
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Board chair

Jackie McLaughlin

FoodLogiQ

Elizabeth Basnight

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, UNC-Chapel Hill

Mara Thomas

Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

Miea Walker

Jobs for Life

Peter Ansbacher

iContact

David Blair

Emisare

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes