Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cultivating change through gardening

Cabbage from the garden
It was great to read about vegetable gardens that have been developed at Minnesota prisons (Cultivating Change).  Gardening is not only good for the soul, the vegetables are also good for our nutrition.  Kudos to those responsible for developing and passing a statute that directs the Minnesota Department of Corrections to consider establishing gardens at facilities where space and security allow.

One of the prisoners at Red Wing, Cory Shilling, reflected on his gardening experience... "It sounds cliched. But doing something for someone else, feeding hungry children... it builds self-esteem. I had to come to prison to learn it, and I'm grateful for the lesson."

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