“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.”
South Dallas is often referred to as a food desert, leaving residents with limited access to fresh produce. And that’s exactly why Daron Babcock created Bonton Farms, a community garden focusing on agricultural sustainability through education, job training, and employment, giving the Bonton neighborhood access to locally grown food.
But the community garden is not the only growing force on the farm. Four-legged and winged friends including goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and honey bees roam the grounds too, with Moses the dog to watch over them! Honey is collected, the goats are milked, and dozens of eggs are harvested every day at Bonton Farms. All food that is not given to the community and volunteers are sold at the Farmers Market and to two restaurants, Café Momentum and Garden Café.
As the farm, vegetables, and community continue to grow, big plans are in the making. Alpha contributed a geotechnical study for Bonton Farms for a planned Flex building, a multi-use structure, which will house an area for processing goat milk, an education center, and living quarters for the farm caretakers.
Bonton Farms is growing more than food out in South Dallas, they are growing community and changing lives. See more pictures of Bonton Farms on our Facebook page.