Rock county community garden program august 23 2010

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  • 1. Using Gardening to Teach Life Skills to Jail Inmates
    Mike Maddox
    Horticulture Educator
    Rock Co. UWEX
  • 2. RECAP Garden Program
    Garden works in partnership with Rock County Sheriff’s Department
    RECAP= Rock County Criminal Addictions Education Program
    Started in 2006
    USDA Grant (2006-2009)
    Rock, Milwaukee, Waukesha Counties
    Similar programs offered across the state
  • 3.
  • 4. Primary Goals
    Develop employability skills
    Positive behavior
    Appropriate communication
    Task completion
    Working independently and as a team
    Responsibility
    Data collection and reporting (ie. time cards)
  • 5. Additional Goals
    Personal-wellness
    Safe, constructive environment
    Sensory stimulation
    Physical activity
    Introduction to a positive and constructive activity
    Role-modeling
    Nutrition education
  • 6. Results
    Over 30,000lbs has been donated
  • 7. Impact
    "Getting out of unit and away from same four walls - keeps my mind occupied and not think of bad stuff." Steven.
    “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.
  • 8. Impact
    “I need to be a good role model for my kids… I like that the garden gives back to the community…” Chris.
    “I already know how to rototill… it’s now learning how to work with others.” Gary.
  • 9. Impact
    “… 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.
    “There was noticeable improvement in attitude after the inmates ate the vegetable soup for lunch in the unit.” Lyle Yaun, RECAP Community Service Coordinator.
  • 10. Impact
    “…before this, my idea of cooking was going through the drive thru at McDonalds." John.
    “…I never knew where food came from. When I get out, I want to go to culinary school at [the tech-college]." Ebert.
  • 11. Impact
    "I learned how to enjoy life's simple pleasures." Carlos.
    “…I never had a garden before but would like to have one now that I know more.” Carl.
  • 12. Impact
    “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.
  • 13. WIC Market Program: From the farm to families
  • 14. Future
    Added to CALS and Cooperative Extension 2010 federal plan of work  for the new national priority Global Food Security and Hunger.
    Specifically, fits under helping improve the lives of vulnerable populations by pairing prison garden produce with WIC farmers' market vouchers
  • 15. Future