Former star player in the NFL, Jason Brown, left professional football with the intention of feeding the hungry. After playing college football at UNC-Chapel Hill, Jason had a five-year $37.5 million dollar contract with the St. Louis Rams.
“My agent tells me I’m crazy. Nobody walks away from the NFL. You don’t walk away from a multimillion dollar contract. Most players scrape and claw and hold on to try to squeeze out one more season. But I’ve got another dream,” he said.
Although he had never farmed a day in his life, Jason purchased 1,030 acres, which he named First Fruits Farm, in his home state of North Carolina. He pledged to donate the first fruits of his harvests to food pantries, and he recently gave away 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes. 10,000 pounds of cucumbers, which the Louisburg farm produced, were given away prior.
“Love is the most wonderful currency that you can give anyone,” Jason, who learned to farm from watching YouTube and heeding advice from local farmers, said.
He added that in every step of his journey to help others, there has been someone to help him.
Check out the video below to learn more about this admirable farmer who has never felt more successful since dedicating his life to service.
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