Chief Financial Officer Jon Brilliant wants to create for-profit solutions to non-profit problems. He is a partner at Second Chances Farm in Wilmington, Delaware because it offers people leaving prison a real job with, shall we say, growth potential.
On Monday, July 20, 2020, some one hundred of us were treated to a tour of the vertical hydroponic farm rooms, a box lunch, and speeches. A recurring theme was the idea that, having served one’s sentence, one should be welcomed back to full citizenship, not branded for life as an ex-con.
Because the governor’s emergency declaration was still in effect, everyone had their temperature taken. Everyone wore masks and exercised social distancing. To go on tour, more was required: head coverings, gloves, and booties — all to keep the growing herbs and greens safe from contamination, not just from COVID-19, but from whatever else might be on our hands, feet, and hair.
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