Doing Time in the Garden: Life Lessons Through Prison Horticulture

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New Village Press, 2006 - Science - 176 pages
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In his book, Doing Time in the Garden, James Jiler combines an engaging personal account of running a highly successful horticultural vocation program at the largest jail complex in the United States with a practical guide to starting and managing prison and re-entry gardening programs.

The Greenhouse Project gives horticultural job-training to male and female inmates at New York City's Rikers Island jail system. After release, ex-offenders can intern with the GreenTeam, which provides landscaping and gardening services to community groups and institutions throughout New York State.

Jiler's humor and heartfelt stories about prison community and clear explanations of what works broaden this book's appeal to all social activists, especially those involved with at-risk populations.

 

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Doing Time in the Garden: The Handbook of Prison Horticulture

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The foreword of this colorful volume explains how Jiler (director, GreenHouse & GreenTeam) and the Horticultural Society of New York have helped to improve the conditions of incarceration and reduce ... Read full review

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James Jiler is Director of the Greenhouse Project, a renowned horticultural job-training program for inmates at New York City's Rikers Island jail system. He provides instruction in horticulture and greenhouse management integrated with a math, science and English literacy curriculum. Jiler also oversees job placement and after-care services for released inmates while directing the GreenTeam.

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