Prison Garden Provides Vegetables for Chefs, Soup Kitchens
The Sheriff’s Garden Program at the Cook County Jail grows vegetables for local food banks, churches, and top chefs, and the program gives inmates the chance to earn a master gardener’s certificate from the University of Illinois.
The program is really wonderful because it not only benefits the food banks but it also gives the inmates a sense of worth and achievement, lessening the chance that they will become repeat offenders. Now going into its seventeenth year, the Sheriff’s Garden Program gives inmates a second chance, brings out their potential, and boosts their self-esteem and sense of worth.
Go to http://www.wgntv.com/entertainment/viral/wgntv-jailgardens-090910,0,4335972.story to read more about the program and see a short video with interviews of program participants.
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