The description from Thistle Farms website is stated so perfectly I just had to use it:
“Thistle Farms is a non-profit business that is operated by the women of Magdalene.
Magdalene is a two-year residential community founded in Nashville Tennessee in 1997 for women with a history of prostitution and drug addiction. Magdalene was founded not just to help a sub-culture of women, but to help change the culture itself. We stand in solidarity with women who are recovering from sexual abuse, violence, and life on the streets, and who have paid dearly for a culture that buys and sells women like commodities. At no cost, we offer women a safe, disciplined, and compassionate community for two years, paid for by the gifts we receive from individuals and private grants. Magdalene stands as a witness to the truth that in the end, love is more powerful than all the forces that drive women to the streets.
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.”
This program has helped so many women get back on track and the products are phenomenal. Wedding 101 is a proud Thistle Farms retail location. We carry candles, summer and winter survival kits, lavender sachets, bath teas, and spa kits. Please help us support this wonderful business and enjoy some of the amazing products while you help women in need.
A special thanks to Wootton Photography for these beautiful photos!