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Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms

non profit

5122 Charlotte Pike Nashville TN 37209
Thistle Farms' mission is to HEAL, EMPOWER, AND EMPLOY women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners.

We believe that in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world.

Thistle Farms’ comprehensive model offers women hope and healing through a holistic residential program, employment with one of our social enterprises, and a growing national and global network dedicated to changing a culture that allows human beings to be bought and sold.


A two-year residential program based in Nashville, Tennessee, that provides housing, medical care, therapy, education, and job training free of charge for up to 32 women and serves hundreds more with advocacy and referral services.


Residents and graduates of the residential program are employed in one of the divisions of our diverse social enterprise, including a natural body and home product company, the Café at Thistle Farms, the Studios, and Thistle Farms Global.


Includes a community of sister organizations utilizing Thistle Farms’ model in cities across the country, along with myriad other partners, advocates, and organizations united in the belief that love is the most powerful force for change in the world . Learn more here.


Thistle Farms Global connects women producers in 10 countries directly to customers by distributing and selling their handmade products. Our shared trade model increases their share of profit margin, creates economic opportunity, and builds community. Learn more here .


For 20 years, Thistle Farms’ mission to heal, empower, and employ has led to profound change in the lives of women survivors, customers, and the communities in which we live together. Last year, customers and donors helped make the following possible:

59 women survivors employed by Thistle Farms, earning over $1m a year in salary and wages

9,215 nights of safe, supportive housing provided to women recovering from life on the streets

14,100 hours of counseling and therapy for survivors, ensuring their physical and mental well-being

40 organizations across the country replicated our housing model, currently offering 185 beds for women seeking sanctuary from the streets

24 shared trade partnerships around the globe, supporting the economic freedom of more than 1,700 women
Updated: 2017-05-17 15:08:16