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Real Rehabilitation - Benefits of Organic Gardening

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  • Preliminary research in California prisons suggests that among prisoners who participated in gardening programs, less than 10 percent returned to prison
  • Growing food from seed, many prisoners finally experience success after a lifetime of failures, which helps to build self-esteem and skills for finding a job after release
  • Some prison garden programs use their harvests to feed inmates; others donate produce to food banks, churches, nursing homes and low-income communities

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., there are more prisoners than farmers. In fact, according to Solutions journal the U.S. housed about one-fourth of the prison population worldwide, which amounts to nearly 2.3 million people.

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