Across the Northeast, prison horticulture projects are on the rise. Our work swells from national conversations around prison reform, fair food access, land care and vocational training, but our program models are local. As opportunistic educators, we find support where we can: from within departments of correction, nonprofits, and faith communities. Some practitioners have been at work for over a decade growing food with incarcerated people within the walls of state prisons and county jails. Others are in their first seasons of turning the soil, recruiting students, and understanding prison cafeteria policies.
For one day this winter, prison horticulturists from across the Northeast will come together to share best practices. We’re coming out of our silos to discuss the nitty gritty of our work: the logistics of prison-based horticulture, credentials for vocational horticulture programs, and models for integrating on-site food production into prison cafeterias. The retreat may also include a skill-building training in trauma-informed education. The retreat agenda will be directly informed by the needs of participating prison horticulture educators.
The Third Annual Northeast Prison Garden Educators Retreat is hosted by The New Garden Society in collaboration with The Hotchkiss School. Lunch and dinner will be included.
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