Based in Atlanta, Georgia – the city with the highest level of income inequality in the US – Gangstas to Growers offers a full-time three-month program that reduces recidivism and breaks the cycle of generational poverty by training previously incarcerated young adults in farming and entrepreneurship skills. Revenue from the program’s signature hot sauce provides much of the funding, and gives youth an opportunity to participate in all stages of the business – from seeding to bottling to selling. At the same time, yoga, group therapy, and seminars with local farmers, nutritionists, and activists create a solid foundation for reintegrating into society. Trainees receive a living wage and, upon completion, a job placement with the South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative or another local organization. Read these articles from Politico and Good Food Jobs to learn more about the program and the inspiring woman who started it.
Category: Local Food, Farming & Fisheries