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The Rise of Green Prison Programs

Posted by Jennifer Smith on 13th Feb 2019

Green prison programs involve inmates coming together to grow flowers and crops all on a claimed land from the prison or in collaboration with a nearby correctional farm. Prison horticultural programs have grown across the nation in the last decade and are not just for gardens, but farms, too. 

Prison farms and gardens help inmates learn new skills and even provide college credit - helping them gain knowledge for their release from jail. Not only do prisoners work together to insure that plants grow; but they get fresh air, exercise and learn the importance of where food comes from and how it's prepared. 

Prison horticultural programs help provide food banks with fresh crops and schools with freshly cut flowers. Prison wardens heading correctional farms and gardens can contact Deerbusters Fence to learn how to protect their growing sites from deer destruction and other wildlife. 

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