Saturday, February 28, 2009

Thistle Farms

Some of you probably knew about this, but I just learned about a worthwhile business in Nashville that helps women and has good products. How wonderful to have a way to give these women a fresh start and better life. So here's their website and their home page description. There is a list of stores that carry their bath and beauty products on the site.
Thistle Farms is a non-profit business operated by the women of Magdalene. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as kind to the environment as they are to the body. All sales proceeds go back into the program.

Through Thistle Farms, the women of Magdalene gain much needed job skills, and learn responsibility and cooperation. Into every product goes the belief that freedom starts with healing, and love can change lives. Our dream is that people will come to see Thistle Farms as a humble but powerful business synonymous with women’s freedom.



Why the Thistle?

Considered a weed, thistles grow on the streets and alleys where the women of Magdalene walked. But, thistles have a deep tap root that can shoot through thick concrete and survive drought. And in spite of their prickly appearance, their royal and soft purple center makes the thistle a mysterious and gorgeous flower.

3 comments:

mistress maddie said...

I agree Joy. What a wonderful program to give hope and a chance to have a good life. And there products are just as wonderful. My mother loves them. There is a store in King of Prussia that carries them. They smell so good.The story of why the thistle is really neat and how true it is!

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Berry Blog said...

I can't help but think of biblical prophets who ate "thistle", "nettle" and sparse plants of the desert and actually had a green pallor to their skin.
I remember trying to be the protector of things that grew through cracks in cement...dandelions, thistle, mushrooms as simply miracles to be preserved.
This is a wondrous concept. Bless these womenl.