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The New Garden Society uses horticulture as a tool to transform landscapes and lives.
Each year The New Garden Society trains 100+ incarcerated students in the art and science of plants. In prisons, prison hospitals and youth facilities, our students are 13- 80 years old. Every week in prison classrooms, we teach core horticulture concepts. In prison gardens and greenhouses, students apply these concepts, find healing and build job skills. Since 2013, The New Garden Society has facilitated year-round educational opportunities in partnership with The MA Department of Correction and MA Department of Youth Services. We believe in using horticulture as a tool to transform landscapes and lives.
Note: Many of the details of our work cannot be shared here, in accordance with MA Department of Correction policy.
In addition to bringing horticulture professionals into local prisons each week, we believe in building regional capacity to expand this work. To this end, we are founding organizers of The Northeast Prison Garden Educators Collaborative. The Collaborative brings together educators from across the region to promote prison horticulture, share curricular resources and best practices.