This is one of the most inspiring things I have read about in a while!
From NPR: “It turns out there’s a pretty vibrant movement of prison vegetable gardens across the country that provide inmates with satisfying work, marketable skills and fresh food to eat. From Connecticut to Minnesota
to California, correctional authorities are finding all kinds of reasons to encourage inmates to produce their own food inside the walls.” Full story and video here
While there is something so inherently wrong with our “justice” system and the prison-industrial complex to begin with, there is something so deeply inspiring with the thought of some of our community members regaining their lives through the wonder and therapy of nurturing the soil and growing their own food. The story reports on the experience and skills the prisoners get while tending their organic gardens. They also report lower recidivism rates for those who participate in the gardening. This scenario is such a win-win-win.
Are you looking for something to do on the weekends? One of the organizations behind this initiative is Planting Justice (What a great name!) If you’re inspired, it’s a great time to get involved!
Wherever you are in your personal journey toward clean living and local food, thank you for joining me in mine. I look forward to sharing it with you.