Prison Farms and Local Food Systems

How much of this land can be used for gardens?

How much of this land can be used for gardens?

Just as community gardens are popping up in vacant lots and parks, they are also appearing in prisons. While you do not hear the term “prison farms” every day, they are becoming a more prevalent contributor to local food systems. Correctional facilities in California, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, and South Carolina have developed and publicized successful farming practices within their own institutions—inmate-managed dairy farms and vegetable plots are two examples. Maryland is no exception to this trend.

As a part of our farm-to-institution research, the Maryland Food System Map Project Read More >