Greenback farm helps mothers in drug addiction recovery

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After years of drug addiction, an East Tennessee mother knew she had to make a change when she became pregnant. This year, thanks to a farm, she began a path to recovery.

Linda Roberts said her drug addiction nearly took her life, and when she became pregnant she didn't know where to turn.

"I was scared and didn't know what to do," Roberts said.

Her doctors suggested she enroll at Susannah's House, a Knoxville-based organization that helps pregnant women and new mothers addicted to drugs. Roberts agreed and took part in a newly formed partnership with Century Harvest Farms in Greenback, Tennessee.

"It's not just, 'Oh, I'm not doing drugs anymore,' it's a lifestyle change," Roberts said.

Century Harvest Farms and Susannah's House partnered to help mothers addicted to drugs. The program allows women to learn how to grow their own food, cook with it and learn life skills in the process.

"I loved it, I loved being outside just meditating, being out there by myself, being with God and putting my hands in the Earth. It was just cool to be able to pick it from the farm and take it home," Roberts said.