The organization LINC (Leading Into New Communities), with their urban farm, helps men and women returning from prison reconnect with society. The operation is managed and operated by residents of the M.E. Roberts Transitional Living Facility, and supported and enjoyed by volunteers and the community. LINC is headquartered out of Wilmington, North Carolina.
The efforts of this program have demonstrated a substantial impact on reducing the recidivism rate of participants. The LINC Urban Farm offers an opportunity for the community to participate positively in the transition from incarceration to free society that daunt so many people each year.
In this episode we talk with LINC co-founder Frankie Roberts and Urban Farm / Social Enterprise Manager Michael Van Hout about the farm, and the larger issues facing former prisoners.
At the Urban Farm
- Meeting Frankie Roberts and Michael Van Hout
- The story of Marvin E. Roberts and the inspiration behind LINC
- The Law of the Farm
- A virtual tour of the farm
- Reaching out to former prisoners
- The chicken coup
- PPD and Work on Wilmington’s support
- How to help
- Recruiting and volunteer ground tending
- Wilmington’s role in rehabilitation
- What donations items are needed
- The youth development program
- Bridging the gap between middle class and the inner city
- Hidden societal barriers
- Teaching sustainability
- Bottega’s Poetry Slam & Open Mic
- Donate and volunteer!
Photos and Images
You can find out more about LINC, the Urban Farm, and how to volunteer and participate at LINCnc.org.
Work on Wilmington is a local organization that coordinates the volunteer work of hundreds of people to accomplish great feats of community betterment in less than a day’s time.
The Urban Farm utilizes Farmzie as an innovative way to get their locally grown produce to the hands of customers.
Bottega is located at 122 Princess Street in downtown Wilmington.