In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Daron Babcock, Founder/Executive Director of Bonton Farms, which is located just outside of Dallas, TX.
Their website reads: "Our community was, not so long ago, one of the last places you’d go to find hope for a better tomorrow. The people here were sick and experienced high rates of diabetes, stroke and cancer. Having faced a long history of oppression, including racially motivated fire-bombings and a population wherein 48% of the people lived in poverty, we knew this community needed help cultivating change."
In comes Bonton Farms. Daron talks about the decision to move into the neighborhood, the systemic structures holding many in poverty back, and what it's like to be a hope-giver to many who have forgotten what hope feels like.
"We created a country built on a fabric that not everyone is created equal, and in fact people of color are not human. And now the attitudes have changed, but the system that was put in place hasn’t."
"There’s nothing that prevents us from coming in and doing this work that rights the wrongs that were put in place."
"I don’t make any money anymore, but I feel like the richest man in Dallas."
"Everybody has a role to play, so find your role."
We hope this episode encourages you to listen well, love well, and find ways to offer hope to those around you.
You can find Bonton Farms on IG or Facebook at @bontonfarms.