Edible School Yard Project

Thanks to generous donors, all 8 cottages (living quarters for 10 to 17 residents) have deer proof garden beds!  Compassionate volunteers are working with the youth every Wednesday at 5:30 PM and Saturday at 10 AM for an hour.  More helpers are needed!  Can you join us?

This program has 2 main components with suggested lessons & activities provided.

  • Know, Sow, Grow – hands on growing with a set of 6 garden-based activities & lessons geared towards teaching the basics of plant parts & processes, emphasizing garden vocabulary & observation.
  • Cooking with Curiosity – introduces the youth to cooking skills while building reflection practices so that they can cook confidently on their own terms.  It is a 4-unit program

Click HERE for more details about the Edible School Yard website.

Plant & Seed Donations Welcome – A few ideas are carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapenos, potatoes, sugar/pie pumpkins, zucchini & other squash, blueberry bushes,  and all types of vegetable seed packets.

Email echoglenkids@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to be a part of this program with a cottage of kids.

The Benefits of Gardening Are Numerous

Successfully taking a tiny seed & helping it to grow & flourish

  • Boosts Self Confidence
  • Instills a spirit of hope, endurance & patience – virtues needed for both gardening & life
  • Encourages relationship building, trust, responsibility, & problem solving skills
  • Reduces recidivism rates among participants
  • Lowers rates of depression & improves mental health
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Provides outdoor physical activity – exercise to improve endurance, strength, mobility & flexibility
  • Increased emotional intelligence

Studies show prison gardens:

  • Save money for criminal justice centers since they provide a healthy source of inexpensive fresh food for better nutrition
  • Community gardens foster feelings of community & connection

Vocational Landscape Training

This horticulture program will also give hands-on-skills to residents who can in turn find related jobs upon release.

Here’s a great article with more benefits of prison gardens.