Family’s Cancer Crisis Gives Birth to a Community Supported Farm

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The Fertile Fields of 180 Degree Farm

When Scott and Nicole Tyson bought their land in Sharpsburg, Georgia, they envisioned building a house and homestead for themselves. Scott was always fascinated with growing things. He had quite a big garden but had never considered growing for others, until his son got cancer.

Their modest plans changed drastically after their son Mason’s dramatic recovery from stage 4 cancer. Their family homestead morphed into a project for offering life saving foods to the community.

By changing his diet, Mason’s parents achieved a total destruction of the cancer which remained in his lymph nodes after surgery. Thus, Mason never had to undergo chemotherapy.

Victory Over Cancer Inspires a Mission to Help Others

Mason’s testimony about the healing power of true organic food transformed the couple.

The anger they felt about the pesticides which likely caused their 3 year old son’s abdominal cancer was changing to “What can we do with what we have?” The medical bills had depleted their savings, but they still had their land.

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A close knit family, the Tyson's are bringing their community together with their new farm.

“Nicole and I wanted to do more than just grow food for ourselves, but also for our community. This information was too important to sit on and do nothing with,” says the impassioned Dad.

Next, they decided to start a non-profit farm on the land they had purchased. “We called it ‘180 Degree Farm’, a turn in the right direction. “GROW-GIVE-TEACH” would be at the core of our foundation and we hoped to impact many lives in our community,” explains Scott.

Today, 180 Degree Farm is a 35 member (and growing) Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The family produces fruits and vegetables, lamb, chicken, turkey, and chicken and duck eggs (duck eggs are an alkaline protein, thus good for cancer patients). Since they began in 2009, Scott and Nicole have taught food awareness/nutrition classes, conducted educational workshops, hosted three food documentary screenings.

Small Farm Project Brings Charity and Health to Community

Last year, 180 Degree Farm also donated over a thousand pounds of organically grown foods to people in need!

The CSA has attracted other customers with chronic health issues. The mission of 180 Degree Farm is to help members achieve better health through nutrition. “Over 75% of our customers are sick. Illnesses like cancer, severe food allergies, autism, auto-immune disorders and others,” says Scott.

Scott and Nicole are now members of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit and activist group. Scott understands the therapeutic benefits of produce and livestock grown and fed on fertile, living soil. His aim is to provide the most nutrient dense food possible, by focusing on building the health of his soil.

Scott shuns the use of petro-chemical fertilizers, which he has learned, scorch the earth and necessitate the use of pesticides to control pests. Plants grown in weakened soil tend to be more vulnerable to pests and fungus, thus requiring heavier application of herbicides and pesticides, as time goes on.

The more chemicals are used on food crops, the more human illnesses result.

So, the Tyson family’s farm represents a 180 Degree change in farming methods. With their own son’s testimony as a guide, Scott and Nicole are humbly offering hope and healing to other families in their community.

How You Can Help Grow 180 Degree Farm

On February 4, 2012, 180 Degree Farm is hosting their second annual Cropstock event. It is a farm volunteer day that last year drew 140 people and the support of a big whole food distributor, United Natural Foods International. Enjoy live music, great food, and a chance to be a farmer for the day!

The Tyson’s would like to expand their farm, and are currently fund raising to purchase the neighboring property. “We originally bought 10 acres and we are trying to purchase an additional 4 in front of our farm for more pasture,” explains Scott.

If you would like to support 180 Degree Farm or get more information, go to their website at www.180farm.org and like the 180 Degree Farm on Facebook.

Here is a video of photos from last year’s Cropstock:

See the related story: Child’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Responds to Nutrition

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Comments

  1. What a great story!

    I hope we will see the day when millions of small farms like this start springing up all over America!

  2. I just moved away from that area or I’d be there.

  3. What an inspiration! You’re now among my farming heroes. Blessings to you!

  4. It is so encouraging to hear stories like this one!

  5. Kimberly Hartke says:

    Cropstock 2012 is postponed until Feb 11 due to rainy weather. See Scott’s website for details!

    http://www.180degreefarm.org/

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