Community Support and Criminal Justice Reform

by | May 24, 2021 | Haygood Happenings | 0 comments

Support for Community Programs

In our commitment to sustainable farming practices, Haygood Farms aims to reduce our impact on the planet, from the earth we care for to the organic practices we employ and organic plants that are the backbone of our business. That mission for sustainable farming extends to using proceeds from sales of Haygood products to support organizations and people in our community. 

 

This spring Haygood started a monthly giveback program. Through this initiative, Haygood donates a percentage of all online sales for the month to a community organization.

In April, Marketing Coordinator Jorden Jackson connected with Chattanooga Room in the Inn, a residential program for women and children who are experiencing homelessness. This longtime Chattanooga institution provides transitional housing, access to healthcare, life skills training, parenting classes, and assistance with finding affordable housing to its residents free of charge.

“As a business local to Chattanooga, we feel it’s our responsibility to support organizations like Room in the Inn that truly benefit individuals and families in our community,” Jackson says. Room in the Inn enables women to find stability and increase their chances for independence after leaving the program. 

Supporting Criminal Justice Reform in Cannabis

For the month of May, proceeds from online Haygood sales will be donated to The Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform. This organization recognizes and works through three major initiatives: prisoner release, record cleaning through clean slate initiatives, and reentry programs. 

The organization’s mission recognizes the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions as the U.S. moves away from the criminalization of cannabis. Similarly, leaders of The Last Prisoner Project believe, in their vision statement, that individuals in the legal cannabis industry must also work to release and rebuild the lives of those who have suffered from cannabis criminalization. 

“At Haygood, we recognize the inequity in cannabis as sweeping legislation in states across the U.S. affects people who faced criminal convictions related to cannabis,” Jackson says. The monthly giveback initiative is just the beginning of greater work to support equity and criminal justice reform in the cannabis industry, something Haygood leaders strive to see. 

Through cannabis organizations and community organizations, Haygood leaders hope to contribute to and impact the community we serve, through our plant-based, organic products and monthly giveback programs.