FedFam4Life is a non-profit Sisterhood founded by Tray Johns, a formerly incarcerated Black and Gay woman who spent 8 years, 7 months and 19 days in federal prison for possession of less than $500 worth of drugs. Ultimately, during incarceration, Johns became a skilled "Jailhouse Lawyer", and since being released, a prominent, fearless activist who plans to attend law school.
FF4L is intent on securing the release of women and girls from the Prison Industrial Complex through advocacy and supporting direct court actions brought by jailhouse lawyers and incarcerated women eligible for clemency, sentence reduction, compassionate release and other legal and just considerations.
At the heart of all FF4L initiatives is an urgent call to action to reverse the hyper-criminalization of women which has resulted in an 860% increase in their incarceration over a 30 year period. 1 in 18 women will be imprisoned in their lifetime.
Currently 219,000 women are incarcerated and an additional 1.2 Million are under supervision of the criminal justice system.
“I don't need to make a million dollars, I want to set a million women free.”
Tray Johns, Founder and Executive Director, FedFam4Life
— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.