Cook County Sheriff's Boot Camp Vegetable Garden

Cool video segment from ABC 7 of the vegetable garden at the Cook County Sheriff’s boot camp where cadets 17- to 35-years-old who are serving sentences for non-violent and non-sexual crimes maintain a vegetable garden. The cadets are taught about gardening and agriculture from staff of the Chicago Botanic Garden.


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  • What an encouraging story! And those beds look like they have fantastic soil.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    My favorite part of the story was the guy who made the connection between what he was learning and using the empty lots in his neighborhood. Hope he stays with it.

  • Have you heard of the veggie garden at the Cook County Jail? They have a pretty neat program there too.

  • If we had more such programs there would be a lot less trouble in the world because gardening is very theraputic. We have a community garden in our local park and its wonderful to see how the gardeners take care of their own little plot.

  • In reply to carolyngail:

    I'm totally digging the community gardens in the parks program. They add a different feel to a public park, don't they?

  • That's really awesome and inspiring. To see the light in the eyes and faces of the young men as they were talking about their experience got me a bit teary-eyed. I hope they remain inspired after their release. God bless them.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    I totally know what you mean! The guy who mentioned growing in empty lots makes me want to find him and give him a bunch of seeds to make sure the continues the idea once he gets out.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    My husband will be @ cook county boot camp starting 8/27/09, and from the looks of it, the experience should be a positive one.

  • In reply to sandy:

    You mean as a cadet or as a guard? If as a cadet I hope it is a positive experience for him and that he takes something good from it.

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