California’s First Vegetable Garden Behind Bars
The Insight Garden Program has been teaching inmates at the San Quentin Prison in San Francisco, CA gardening skills since 2002. With about 40 of the 1,000 male prisoners enrolled, the program hopes to give inmates a vocational skill that they can later use to get a job in addition to providing them with a spiritual outlet.
The prisoners’ labor has long been utilized by San Fransisco’s Bay Area residents in the form of goods like chairs and cabinets. The prison may now export vegetables, too, as the inmates move from a small flower-and-herb garden to a vegetable garden – the first in California.