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A growing experience: Prison gardens transform inmates who tend to them

A growing experience: Prison gardens transform inmates who tend to them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gardening returns to prisons in an attempt to reform society’s worst by teaching them how things bloom.
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While the selection process may bias the outcome—better behaved convicts are generally less likely to re-offend—there is no doubt that these programs are producing results not only in terms of food but also in terms of lower recidivism rates. There is dignity in work and sensitivity in working with nature. The biggest problems with prison labor have always been abuse (the chain gang approach), competition with workers (how to keep employment in the community from suffering when prison labor is cheaper), and transferable skills (how to have job possibilities for the released). These programs are definitely a step forward.

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Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA | Video on TED.com

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why?
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What a great idea, helping people to discover food that's healthy and maybe even giving them an interest in growing their own food. Now will government allow it to happen?

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How Frida Kahlo's bright, beautiful garden inspired her

How Frida Kahlo's bright, beautiful garden inspired her | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Frida Kahlo’s passion for her Mexican heritage showed not only in her art but also in her garden, which inspired and comforted her throughout her turbulent life
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The pyramid designed by Diego Rivera for Frida's garden in 1941 still stands. It reminds me of a structure at the Mesa Arts Center here in Arizona, which is why I chose this picture instead of one of Frida's from this article. But if you love her work, you really want to read this.

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