Rock county community garden program august 23 2010


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Rock county community garden program august 23 2010

  1. 1. Using Gardening to Teach Life Skills to Jail Inmates<br />Mike Maddox<br />Horticulture Educator<br />Rock Co. UWEX<br />
  2. 2. RECAP Garden Program<br />Garden works in partnership with Rock County Sheriff’s Department<br />RECAP= Rock County Criminal Addictions Education Program<br />Started in 2006<br />USDA Grant (2006-2009)<br />Rock, Milwaukee, Waukesha Counties<br />Similar programs offered across the state<br />
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  4. 4. Primary Goals<br />Develop employability skills<br />Positive behavior<br />Appropriate communication<br />Task completion<br />Working independently and as a team<br />Responsibility<br />Data collection and reporting (ie. time cards)<br />
  5. 5. Additional Goals<br />Personal-wellness<br />Safe, constructive environment<br />Sensory stimulation<br />Physical activity<br />Introduction to a positive and constructive activity<br />Role-modeling<br />Nutrition education<br />
  6. 6. Results<br />Over 30,000lbs has been donated<br />
  7. 7. Impact<br />"Getting out of unit and away from same four walls - keeps my mind occupied and not think of bad stuff." Steven.<br />“My wife and kids go to Echo [food pantry]. Even though I’m in here, I still feel like I’m providing for them.” Chip.<br />
  8. 8. Impact<br />“I need to be a good role model for my kids… I like that the garden gives back to the community…” Chris.<br />“I already know how to rototill… it’s now learning how to work with others.” Gary.<br />
  9. 9. Impact<br />“… vegetable soup really ain’t all that bad! I did not pick anything out of it and I ate it all. I would NEVER even try it had I been on the outside.” Tammy.<br />“There was noticeable improvement in attitude after the inmates ate the vegetable soup for lunch in the unit.” Lyle Yaun, RECAP Community Service Coordinator.<br />
  10. 10. Impact<br />“…before this, my idea of cooking was going through the drive thru at McDonalds." John. <br />“…I never knew where food came from. When I get out, I want to go to culinary school at [the tech-college]." Ebert. <br />
  11. 11. Impact<br />"I learned how to enjoy life's simple pleasures." Carlos.<br />“…I never had a garden before but would like to have one now that I know more.” Carl.<br />
  12. 12. Impact<br />“It’s good to actually do something positive with my life. It has showed me there is a lot more to life than drugs.” Josh.<br />
  13. 13. WIC Market Program: From the farm to families<br />
  14. 14. Future<br />Added to CALS and Cooperative Extension 2010 federal plan of work  for the new national priority Global Food Security and Hunger.<br />Specifically, fits under helping improve the lives of vulnerable populations by pairing prison garden produce with WIC farmers' market vouchers<br />
  15. 15. Future<br />