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The Insight Garden Program’s Vegetable Garden at San Quentin State Prison

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Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

By Eliza Barclay
NPR
January 12, 2014
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Excerpt:

In the video, filmed in December, we see inmates at San Quentin building five raised beds for vegetables in the prison yard of the medium security unit. The inmate Charles’ excitement about the prospect of a homegrown tomato is pretty palpable. It’s the first vegetable garden inside a California state prison.

Planting Justice helped oversee the garden project in partnership with Insight Garden Program, which has been helping inmates at San Quentin rehabilitate and get training in flower gardening since 2003.

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Philippines: Urban Container Gardening hopes to boost food security in urban areas

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Davao City is a city in Mindanao, Philippines.

Urban Container Gardening is an initiative that hopes to help boost food security in the country.

By IOsaOnse
CNN
Jan 14, 2014

Excerpt:

For 43-year old Helen Camacho of Purok 13, Barangay Tibungco, Davao City, it is an income-generating hobby. “I started off with only 20 seedlings of chinese cabbages. I, also, go to the nearby cemetery to gather and recycle tetra packs,” shared Helen.

From 20 pechay seedlings, Helen now has over 70 pechay seedlings along with other crops that she cultivates in their house. To make soil containers, Helen personally sews the tetra packs that she gathered from the cemetery. She even forges her own makeshift racks. “Urban Container Gardening is a huge help. I will really strive to improve my garden more”, said Helen excitedly.

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