I was born and raised in the panhandle of Texas. I met a beautiful young lady in college. We got married and had two boys. When we were in our 30s, my wife was diagnosed with cancer, and two years later she passed away.
I was lost. I stopped keeping in touch with my friends and family. I turned to alcohol and drugs and started to get into bar fights. Finally my parents stepped in and told me that if I didn’t get help, they were going to take my kids away. So I checked into rehab.
After getting out of rehab, a friend invited me to go with him to mentor a group of guys in a small community in south Dallas called Bonton. Most of these men were coming out of prison. I was struck by their perseverance, and I wanted to make a bigger difference.
So I quit my job, sold my house, and moved to Bonton. By becoming part of the community, I better understood the challenges they faced. Pretty much everyone I met told me the same thing – that they needed a job.
We started by just working together – picking up trash, fixing fences, and hauling fallen tree limbs. From there, we started a garden and a honey company. Today Bonton Farms is an agricultural intervention to restore lives, create jobs, and ignite hope.