Benefits Of Gardening Go To Prisons

Benefits Of Gardening Go To Prisons

There are many benefits of gardening. Community gardens are popping up all over the place because they not only beautify the community but they also are known to improve the quality of life for individuals in the community and reduce crime.

A small garden can do very big things. Gardening is now being used as a form of therapy for children with autism and ADHD. It’s been known for a long time that it’s a good form of mental therapy. I personally find gardening to be a stress reliever and a way for me to forget about my problems and worries. It’s just relaxing!

Gardening also provides physical activity, which is something none of us can ignore.

But is the idea of placing gardens in prisons one of those benefits? You read the article and decide for yourself.

Here’s How We’re Taking The Benefits Of Gardening To Our Prisons

"Doing Time In The Garden" by James Jiler

Prison Gardens a Growing Trend, Feeding Inmates on the Inside and Food Banks on the Outside

by Rachel Cernansky

An increasing number of prisons are launching gardening programs: on-site gardens improve the nutritional intake of inmates and as a direct result can reduce violence and improve participants’ mental health, teaches horticultural skills that can be used upon inmates’ release (slashing recidivism rates), and also often produce surplus that is sent to food banks or other community centers or services. Here’s just a sampler of such programs that have started since Sneed’s Garden Project, or even before.

The Insight Garden Program, also in the Bay Area, runs a 1,200 square-foot organic flower garden at the the medium-security San Quention Prison, where classes are given to teach inmates about gardening, environmental sustainability, and community care through gardening. read more here…..

I must say I have mixed emotions about this. Are these small garden plots really big enough to help supply food banks and feed the inmates? I read somewhere that it takes 1 acre of garden space to feed 1 person for a year. Are the benefits of gardening so great that there is a lower recidivism rate once these inmates leave prison?

Let me know how you feel about this by leaving your comments below. I’m sure there are many that have some really strong feelings about this and I’d like to hear them. And don’t forget to share this controversial topic with others.

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