Doing Time in the Garden: Life Lessons Through Prison Horticulture

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New Village Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Science - 176 pages
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This is the first comprehensive guide to in-prison and post-release horticultural training programs. 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.

James Jiler directs the Greenhouse Project for male and female inmates at New York City's Rikers Island jail system. He also directs the GreenTeam of ex-offenders, who work on landscape-related projects 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 social activists, educators, and those involved with at-risk populations and community gardens.

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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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