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Thistle Farms Wins Prestigious Whole Foods Award!

Thistle Farms Wins Prestigious Whole Foods Award!

August 17, 2017

Whole Foods has awarded Thistle Farms the 2016 Supplier Award for responsible sourcing. This award is a reflection of our philosophy that love heals, empowers & employs. Today we're sitting down with Ebony, our Whole Foods Account Manager, and Gwen, our Manufacturing Director, to talk about our special relationship with Whole Foods.
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Linda’s Healing Journey

Linda’s Healing Journey

August 08, 2017

If you’ve visited Thistle Farms for  Community Meditation  then odds are good that you’ve received a hug from Linda. Linda graduated the two-year residential program in 2016 and now works full-time in the logistics department at the Home & Body social enterprise. Even if you’ve never physically visited Thistle Farms, Linda’s warmth and love for Thistle Farmers has reached you through the events she prepares and packs all over the country.  
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FOUR YEARS CLEAN: BRENDA REFLECTS ON LIFE TODAY

FOUR YEARS CLEAN: BRENDA REFLECTS ON LIFE TODAY

July 28, 2017

Brenda celebrates her four-year sobriety anniversary this month. Today, she reflects on life’s greatest blessings and how her time at Thistle Farms has impacted her life and her relationships with her children.

“I’m a country girl at heart. I grew up in the countryside of Huntsville, Alabama. As a child, I remember running through the fields chasing butterflies, picking berries, and climbing trees to gather apples, peaches, and pears. For me, there was no place like home. The country was a safe place for me.

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Lavender: A Little Love for Your Summer Skin

Lavender: A Little Love for Your Summer Skin

July 07, 2017

Even if you’ve mentally settled back into your weekday routine after the long holiday weekend (good for you!), your sun-stressed skin is likely struggling to get back to its happy and healthy self.
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The Thistle Has Blossomed: Graduation 2017

The Thistle Has Blossomed: Graduation 2017

June 30, 2017

Benton Chapel on Vanderbilt University's campus was a packed with cheering family, friends, and farmers in early June as Thistle Farms gathered to celebrate 7 remarkable graduates who completed the intensive 2-year Magdalene program. Rachel, reflecting on the day, commented, “I’ve been trying to do this for about 20 years and I’m finally here. I’ve done it and I’m so proud of myself!”
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Where is Love Calling You?

Where is Love Calling You?

May 30, 2017

Becca Stevens recently sat down with Rod Arnold, cofounder and host of the  Leading Good  podcast, for a vibrant conversation that focuses on the healing power of love. Becca explains her personal motivation behind creating Thistle Farms, the intention to create  healing  products, and Thistle Farm’s recent expansion.
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A New Day

A New Day

May 15, 2017

Deanna has been a resident at Thistle Farms for 17 months. Deanna works in manufacturing and creates the beautiful and healing new products released this month. While the production process and products have evolved, she has changed alongside them since arriving at Magdalene, the residential program.
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While the Cafe renovates, Donna reminds us to Come Together

While the Cafe renovates, Donna reminds us to Come Together

March 31, 2017

Donna Dozier, one of the Café’s passionate staff, shares what will make the Cafe feel like home. The Café is undergoing a massive renovation that will allow us to gather more comfortably but with the same hospitality of coming home. During renovations, some of the Café staff have been honing their skills at a variety of local businesses.
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The Thistle Farms 20th Anniversary Fundraiser: Love Letters

March 30, 2017

Join us as we honor 20 remarkable years during an evening at the Ryman Auditorium. Musical guests  Reba McEntireJohn PrineAmanda Shires and  Shemekia Copeland, will join Founder Becca Stevens and the women of Thistle Farms for “Love Letters: Thistle Farms Turns 20.” The event will be a festive, soulful, and spiritual celebration of two decades of work, firmly rooted in the belief that love is the strongest force for change in the world.

Love Letters: Thistle Farms Turns 20

May 3, 2017, 7:30pm, The Ryman Auditorium

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Magdalene on the Inside: A chance to be someone new

February 14, 2017

Magdalene on the Inside is a program of Thistle Farms that supports incarcerated women through informed care, encouragement towards healing, and a structured place to live after their release. Magdalene on the Inside began in December 2013 at Tennessee Women’s Prison under the leadership of Sheila McClain, a Thistle Farms graduate and survivor-leader.
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From a Father to a Daughter: Love Heals Families, One Day at a Time

January 19, 2017

Love heals women, one day at a time; and, love heals family relationships, one day at a time. Thistle Farms​ ​is the miracle that​ ​my daughter​ ​Rachel needed coming out of prison having lost everything in her life. The miracle she needed provided a safe place for recovery from almost 20 years of substance abuse and addiction​ ​-- years of treatment, recovery and relapse.
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