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John J. Moran Medium Security Facility Herb Garden

Garden Time’s mission is to create garden programs for incarcerated men and women at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) and elsewhere.  Through the process of gardening, we foster education, inspiration and empowerment; teach inmates to grow their own food for economic and personal self-reliance; and identify and connect with existing opportunities to allow for permanent re-entry into society.  We have two gardening programs at the ACI—one at the Men’s Maximum Security Facility and one at the Women’s Minimum Security Facility—each with large vegetable, flower and herb gardens. We designed the program, wrote the curriculum and work in the gardens weekly with the inmates. This year we plan to start an herb garden at the John J. Moran Medium Security Facility. We have a large space just outside the kitchen where we will plant perennials herbs as well as large crops of popular annual herbs, such as basil and cilantro, and the harvest will go directly to the kitchen to improve the meals for the 1,200 inmates of the facility. 

Where it's at:

40 Howard Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
United States

Garden type:

prison garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

prisoners and food insecure people

Number of people reached:

1 200

What this project needs:

gardening books

Project leaders:

Kate Lacouture
Vera Bowen

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