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Davidson County Sheriff's Office Culinary Arts

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office garden project is community collaboration between the University of Tennessee Extension Agricultural Program, Second Harvest Food Bank, Nashville Metro Beautification Metro Public Works and Community Food Advocates.  The project is an extension of our existing Culinary Arts Program in which offenders take a certified ServSafe Culinary Arts Class. At the end of the class they will take a test and receive the nationally recognized food handler’s certification.

The goal is to expand the offender’s knowledge and skill set of food preparation while at the same time giving back to the community.

The Goals are:

  • Develop a skill set in which the offender can learn to grow sustainable food and use it in his or her culinary setting.
  • Educate the offender of the importance of healthy food choices and the impact it can have on them and their families.
  • Reduce the recidivism rate through culinary and agricultural education, allowing the offender to become employable.
  • Build partnerships with other community food advocates.


The grant will benefit the poor, elderly, families, offenders, and the overall community. In collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank, the grant will help feed our community. The fruit and vegetables from the garden are donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. The offender benefits by learning a new skill, probably one they have never had the opportunity to learn. It is valuable to the offender and the community to have the offender do something meaningful while he or she is incarcerated.  All of this can help build the self-confidence and respect to an individual by giving back to their community instead of taking from their community.

Where it's at:

PO Box 196383
Nashville, TN 37219-6393
United States

Garden type:

prison garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

families and seniors

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What this project needs:

fruit trees
watering hose
garden cart

Project leaders:

Paul Mulloy
Jay Youngs

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606