Using Gardening to Teach Life Skills to Jail Inmates<br />Mike Maddox<br />Horticulture Educator<br />Rock Co. UWEX<br />
RECAP Garden Program<br />Garden works in partnership with Rock County Sheriff’s Department<br />RECAP= Rock County Crimin...
Primary Goals<br />Develop employability skills<br />Positive behavior<br />Appropriate communication<br />Task completion...
Additional Goals<br />Personal-wellness<br />Safe, constructive environment<br />Sensory stimulation<br />Physical activit...
Results<br />Over 30,000lbs has been donated<br />
Impact<br />"Getting out of unit and away from same four walls - keeps my mind occupied and not think of bad stuff."  Stev...
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 /...
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 NEV...
Impact<br />“…before this, my idea of cooking was going through the drive thru at McDonalds." John. <br />“…I never knew w...
Impact<br />"I learned how to enjoy life's simple pleasures." Carlos.<br />“…I never had a garden before but would like to...
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 d...
WIC Market Program: From the farm to families<br />
Future<br />Added to CALS and Cooperative Extension 2010 federal plan of work  for the new national priority Global Food S...
Future<br />
Rock county community garden program august 23 2010
Rock county community garden program august 23 2010
Rock county community garden program august 23 2010
Rock county community garden program august 23 2010
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 />

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