Growing Hope Through Agriculture

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Bonton Farms has certainly garnered a lot of welcome attention and press coverage of our work to disrupt the long-standing cycle of poverty in Bonton. We're boldly challenging the short-sighted solutions and complacency that plagued the area for years. Instead, we’re working hand-in-hand with the people there, sharing optimism, Hope, and opportunities for self-improvement.

With Its Farm-to-Fork Dinner, Bonton Farms Turns South Dallas Into Sonoma

This past Saturday night, I rounded up some friends, packed a cooler full of sparkling Crémant d’Alsace and pink pét-nats from Bar & Garden, and headed down to Bonton Farms in South Dallas.

Frito-Lay supports Bonton Farms in its mission to combat effects of poverty in Southern Dallas

The pervasive challenges faced by residents of Southern Dallas are felt most acutely in the small neighborhood of Bonton, where half of the population lives below the poverty line.

With good eggs and great ambitions, a serious restaurant takes shape at Bonton Farms in South Dallas

It's called the Green Mater Sandwich, the "maters" being thick slices of green tomato, fried to a jellied sweetness with a crunchy, pebbled cornmeal crust clinging just so.

How this all-natural honey butter pecan ice cream is made at Bonton Farms.

Originally, Bonton founder and executive director Daron Babcock envisioned a fresh market in the sleek, modern space at the dead-end of Bexar Street.

How to Spend the Perfect 72-Hour Foodie Weekend in Dallas

My sister came into town from Denver for a long weekend visit, sans husband and kids. I decided we should eat our way around town. Here’s what we did.

Bonton Farms

Within the small South Dallas neighborhood of Bonton, there exists an agricultural intervention designed "to restore lives, create jobs, and ignite hope in the most forgotten and neglected neighborhoods for the most marginalized and vulnerable people."

Many Seeds Of Change Bring Awareness To Bonton Farms

Bonton Farms is redefining community in its neighborhood in South Dallas in unique ways.

Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marc Veasey tour South Dallas to see how a community tackles poverty

On the back side of Bonton Farms, one of the country's largest urban gardens here in South Dallas, lies a row of fencing painted with inspiring messages, just past the goats and tomato vines.

FC Dallas Visits Bonton Farms

For the past eight years, I have witnessed the good work that members of our FC Dallas family have been involved with in their communities locally and globally.

Matthew "Trog" Trogdon: Crops and Community at Bonton Farms

Trog Trogdon grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams for his future.

Bonton Farms Update: Good Things Are Happening

I’ve got some good news to report. The construction of the market is well underway, as you can see from the photo above.

The Rogue Shepherd

After his first wife’s death, Daron Babcock started picking bar fights and snorting rails of coke. Then he did something even crazier. He started a farm in South Dallas.

Dallas looks to grow hope in a food desert by attaching a market to Bonton Farms

Last year, to cover its rear after cutting poor ol' Costco a $3 million check to open a North Dallas location, the city dangled the same amount in front of big-name grocers in the hopes they'd plant a store or two in a southern Dallas food desert.

Bees help bring fresh food to South Dallas

"We didn't grow up with none of this stuff around," said Clifton Resse, a lifelong Dallas resident and the head bee keeper at Bonton Farms.

Texas Connects Us: Bonton Farms Plants Hope in the Middle of Dallas Food Desert

Surrounded by traffic, concrete, and corner stores is a 1.1 acre farm located in the middle of south Dallas.

Bonton Farms quickly grows into a 40-acre enterprise

The dusty black pickup rocked back and forth along the dirt path as it charged forward into new territory.

Bonton Farms provides oasis in south Dallas food desert

Just two short years ago, the south Dallas lot where Bonton Farms sits today was abandoned – overflowing with trash and overgrown trees.

Bonton Farms’ Sweat Equity Chipping Away At South Dallas Food Desert

So when Daron Babcock planted a garden next to his South Dallas home three years ago, he called it an ‘act of defiance’.

With Its Farm-to-Fork Dinner, Bonton Farms Turns South Dallas Into Sonoma

This past Saturday night, I rounded up some friends, packed a cooler full of sparkling Crémant d’Alsace and pink pét-nats from Bar & Garden, and headed down to Bonton Farms in South Dallas.

Frito-Lay supports Bonton Farms in its mission to combat effects of poverty in Southern Dallas

The pervasive challenges faced by residents of Southern Dallas are felt most acutely in the small neighborhood of Bonton, where half of the population lives below the poverty line.

With good eggs and great ambitions, a serious restaurant takes shape at Bonton Farms in South Dallas

It's called the Green Mater Sandwich, the "maters" being thick slices of green tomato, fried to a jellied sweetness with a crunchy, pebbled cornmeal crust clinging just so.

How this all-natural honey butter pecan ice cream is made at Bonton Farms.

Originally, Bonton founder and executive director Daron Babcock envisioned a fresh market in the sleek, modern space at the dead-end of Bexar Street.

How to Spend the Perfect 72-Hour Foodie Weekend in Dallas

My sister came into town from Denver for a long weekend visit, sans husband and kids. I decided we should eat our way around town. Here’s what we did.

Bonton Farms

Within the small South Dallas neighborhood of Bonton, there exists an agricultural intervention designed "to restore lives, create jobs, and ignite hope in the most forgotten and neglected neighborhoods for the most marginalized and vulnerable people."

Many Seeds Of Change Bring Awareness To Bonton Farms

Bonton Farms is redefining community in its neighborhood in South Dallas in unique ways.

Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marc Veasey tour South Dallas to see how a community tackles poverty

On the back side of Bonton Farms, one of the country's largest urban gardens here in South Dallas, lies a row of fencing painted with inspiring messages, just past the goats and tomato vines.

FC Dallas Visits Bonton Farms

For the past eight years, I have witnessed the good work that members of our FC Dallas family have been involved with in their communities locally and globally.

Matthew "Trog" Trogdon: Crops and Community at Bonton Farms

Trog Trogdon grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams for his future.

Bonton Farms Update: Good Things Are Happening

I’ve got some good news to report. The construction of the market is well underway, as you can see from the photo above.

The Rogue Shepherd

After his first wife’s death, Daron Babcock started picking bar fights and snorting rails of coke. Then he did something even crazier. He started a farm in South Dallas.

Dallas looks to grow hope in a food desert by attaching a market to Bonton Farms

Last year, to cover its rear after cutting poor ol' Costco a $3 million check to open a North Dallas location, the city dangled the same amount in front of big-name grocers in the hopes they'd plant a store or two in a southern Dallas food desert.

Bees help bring fresh food to South Dallas

"We didn't grow up with none of this stuff around," said Clifton Resse, a lifelong Dallas resident and the head bee keeper at Bonton Farms.

Texas Connects Us: Bonton Farms Plants Hope in the Middle of Dallas Food Desert

Surrounded by traffic, concrete, and corner stores is a 1.1 acre farm located in the middle of south Dallas.

Bonton Farms quickly grows into a 40-acre enterprise

The dusty black pickup rocked back and forth along the dirt path as it charged forward into new territory.

Bonton Farms provides oasis in south Dallas food desert

Just two short years ago, the south Dallas lot where Bonton Farms sits today was abandoned – overflowing with trash and overgrown trees.

Bonton Farms’ Sweat Equity Chipping Away At South Dallas Food Desert

So when Daron Babcock planted a garden next to his South Dallas home three years ago, he called it an ‘act of defiance’.

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