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Our 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.

The Benevolence Farm Oral History Project

Recorded interviews & photos of female re-entrants


Liza was incarcerated five years and moved into a...


Liz talks about moving past her experience being...


When Lynn got pregnant unexpectedly after high...

About the Program

Stable housing and gainful employment are critical for the successful transition of women returning from prison. Benevolence Farm seeks to fulfill this crucial need in North Carolina through an innovative social-enterprise based program.

Benevolence Farm will provide a transitional living program for 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.

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 are creating the program to become partially self-supporting through the production and sale of sustainably grown produce and products, thereby ensuring that the program continues to serve as many women as possible. Benevolence Farm is unique in combining a sustainable environment with a holistic social service mission thereby creating a mutually beneficial relationship enabling the healing of people with and through caring for the earth.

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Recent Blog Posts

April 17, 2014 |

Support Through Transitions

All transitions come with challenges.  For me this became evident the very early hours of September 22, 2013....

March 21, 2014 |

The Need to Express, and Find

One of the most defining portions of my young life, was when I decided to join the Debate Team at my high school....

March 18, 2014 |

Working on the Work

As a member of the Benevolence Farm Program Committee, I’m thrilled to take part in creating the substance of...

February 25, 2014 |

Giving our gifts…

Tonight I am headed to Carrboro from my quiet home in Durham for my final Benevolence Farm meeting as a Board...

February 12, 2014 |

First Work Day!

After years of anticipation, the first tree fell with two sets of eyes witness.  Stephen Treimel at the safe end...

January 23, 2014 |

NEWs from Benevolence Farm-land

On Sunday, January 12, an intimate group including members of our board, advisory council, and a few volunteers...

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