Still Growing in Rhode Island Prisons

Dear Friends of Garden Time,
2020 wasn’t the year any of us expected but amid the pandemic, social unrest and election stress our gardens continued to grow. Our annual Seed Money fundraising campaign starts today. Please join us!

Make your gift of $20, $50, $100 or more to Garden Time today!



Volunteer workdays were cancelled but a group of teenagers who had extra time this summer built Garden Time a Reentry Community Garden at the OpenDoors Resource Center. Thanks to Angus, Edward, George, Graham and Supervisor Chad for all your hard work! A small group of volunteers and Garden Time graduates joined us to fill the beautiful raised garden beds with soil! We look forward to planting in the spring!

A Sense of Calm and Joy

“I feel a sense of calm and joy when I’m about to go out there and when I’m there. It’s different from other programs because you’re out in nature.” 

Dear Friends of Garden Time,
Prison gardens transform lives and YOU make gardens in Rhode Island prisons possible! Our annual Seed Money fundraising campaign runs until December 15th. Please join us! CLICK HERE to make your gift of $20, $50, $100 or more to Garden Time! We appreciate your support!

“I feel at peace with myself. I’m not stressed. It’s quiet in the garden. There I make a difference, not only to the group but also to the plants I tend. It is a truly wonderful place. I wish I could share with everyone.”
  
“The garden has helped me calm down and be at peace with myself because in the few hours we spend in the garden I’m not in prison. I’m free. I can think clearly. I can make a difference to people by growing stuff they’ll eat. And I can nurture life to my plants. This experience taught me to be more patient in my life.”
 
“When I work in the garden, I feel good knowing that I’m learning something that I can use to give back once I’m given a second chance.”

“I feel serene whenever I’m in the garden. If I could spend all day here I would. It’s my therapy, I get lost in my thoughts while I’m working on the tomatoes. The rest of the time and activities while incarcerated are stressful.” 
 
“I keep coming back to the program because this program and the instructors make me feel human again. Getting dirty, pulling weeds is the next thing to ‘mental freedom’.”
 
“I care more about the little things. It also has shown me that a lot of things are connected together. How people, plants, insects and the elements all work together to help each other get what they need. By me seeing this and understanding my role in it, it’s allowed me to see myself in society and the different role that I have to play.”

Growing Food and Futures in Rhode Island Prisons

Dear Friends of Garden Time,

Sunshine, Determination, and YOU keep our gardens growing at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections! Together we ensure that incarcerated men and women are able to be productive, hopeful, growing human beings.

Click HERE to make your annual gift of $20, $50, $100 or more to Garden Time!

“Not too many people give us a chance but here, in the garden, we’re just normal people, being productive, learning new skills, and bringing life to the earth.” – a gardener at Max

This year, your gifts prepared medium-security inmates in the Garden Time-To-Work program for the transition to the outside world. Your donations enabled maximum-security inmates to continue to grow food for themselves and their facility kitchen. Your continued support keeps us planting gardens and planning future growth!

Join us again this year as we use the Seed Money platform to grow Garden Time to new heights for the 2019 season. The drive ends on December 15th, so please make your gift today! Click HERE to go to our Seed Money Campaign and donate $20, $50, $100 or more to Garden Time! If you’d rather make a tax-deductible donation by check to Garden Time, send it to 286 Rochambeau Ave, Providence, RI 02906.

2017 Seed Money Campaign

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Dear Friends of Garden Time,
Last year when we asked for your help to fund our programs and grow hope, confidence, and futures at the RI Adult Correctional Institutions, you blew us away with your generosity. Join us again this year as we use the Seed Money platform to grow Garden Time to new heights for the 2018 season.

Click HERE to make your annual gift of $20, $100, or more to Garden Time!

Your gift will ensure that Garden Time programs continue for another year. The Seed Money drive ends on Friday, December 15th, so please visit our Seed Money Campaign at https://donate.seedmoney.org/1439/garden-time-at-the-ri-adult-correctional-institutes to learn more about Garden Time and make your gift now. If you’d rather make a tax-deductible donation by check to Garden Time, send it to 286 Rochambeau Ave, Providence, RI 02906.

Your gift means the world to us and to the men and women gardening in our programs right now. Thanks always for your support!

You Can Sow the Seeds of Education, Empowerment & Inspiration!

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Thanks to our generous donors, Garden Time was one of just 75 organizations to receive $400 in matching funds from Seed Money. Thank you!

We are less than $1,000 away from our $2,500 goal to fund transformative growing programs in the New Year. We’re a small organization run entirely by volunteers, so every dollar counts! If you haven’t yet made a donation, now’s your chance to support Garden Time by giving to the Seed Money fundraiser!

You can give men and women who have had limited success in their lives the chance to gain confidence, learn important life skills, and experience hope with a donation to Garden Time!

To understand the impact of your gift, listen to our gardeners at Max describe what the garden means to them on RI Public Radio’s story about our program: http://ripr.org/post/maximum-security-prison-gardening-gives-inmates-chance-grow

You can also support Garden Time through the Amazon Smile program where .5% of what you spend is donated. Click here to start supporting Garden Time with your Amazon purchases.

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Your gift means the world to us and to the men and women gardening in our programs right now. Thanks always for your support!

Kate Lacouture
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Garden Time, Inc.

Vera Bowen
Co-Founder & Board President
Garden Time, Inc.

P.S. If you’d rather make a tax-deductible donation by check, please make it out to “Garden Time” and send it to 286 Rochambeau Ave., Providence, RI 02906.

Garden Time’s 2016 Seed Money Campaign

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Dear Friend,
Last year, when we asked for your help raising money for our Garden Time prison garden program, you generously contributed more than $2,000 through the online Seed Money platform. You chose to give men and women who have had limited success in their lives the chance to gain confidence, learn important life skills, and experience hope.

Please join us again this year. Click here to make your gift of $20, $50, $100 or more to Garden Time!

You supported gardens at our three program facilities helping serve fresh produce to over 1800 inmates. You gave vocational training to men and women who will leave prison with job skills in a competitive market decreasing the chance they’ll wind up back behind bars.

You brought guests to Garden Time who spoke on permaculture, environmental justice, organic pest control, soil science, and medicinal herbs. You helped the men in Maximum Security set up a worm composter. You brought a new native plants garden to the women in the Minimum Security Facility. You encouraged the gardeners at the Medium Security Facility to turn their knowledge of herbs into a culinary herbs reference guide for kitchens at all the facilities.

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Help us meet our fundraising goal of $2,500 to keep gardening in Rhode Island prisons. A gift of $20, $50, $100 or more will ensure that Garden Time programs continue for another year. Once again, we’re participating in Seed Money, a granting program that matches $400 if we can raise $600 on our own. But only the first 75 organizations to achieve $600 will receive matching funds from Seed Money. The drive ends on Thursday, December 15th, so please make your gift now! Click here to go to our Seed Money Campaign (or paste the following link in your browser: https://www.seedmoney.org/campaign/351/garden-time-at-the-ri-adult-correctional-institutes)

There are plenty of other ways to support our program! If you’d rather make a tax-deductible donation by check, please make it out to “Garden Time” and send it to 286 Rochambeau Ave., Providence, RI 02906. We also love in-kind donations! For Rhode Islanders: Garden Time gets 1% back from East Side Market for collected receipts. So, if you shop there, please save your East Side Market receipts for us! Let us know and we’ll arrange to pick them up.

You can also spread the word! Share widely with friends who might be interested in supporting prison garden rehabilitation. Like us on Facebook and receive Garden Time updates.

And last, but not least, if you’d like to volunteer, we’d love to have you! We are accepting applications for volunteers for the 2017 growing season. Let us know if you would like to learn more about volunteering with Garden Time.

Your gift means the world to us and to the men and women gardening in our programs right now. Thanks always for your support!

Kate Lacouture
Co-Founder & Executive Director,                                                                                 Garden Time, Inc.

Vera Bowen
Co-Founder & Board President,                                                                                   Garden Time, Inc.

P.S. To understand the impact of your gift, please listen to our gardeners at Max describe what the garden means to them on RI Public Radio’s story about our program last year: http://ripr.org/post/maximum-security-prison-gardening-gives-inmates-chance-grow Then visit our Seed Money page and make a gift of $20, $50, $100 or more!

Seed Money Campaign

Garden Time believes there is no better rehabilitation than gardening to instill in inmates a sense of hope for the future, as well to provide them with the practical knowledge to improve their lives.

We are so grateful for the generous donations made to Garden Time’s Seed Money campaign. We have raised over $1,800 so far and qualified for the $400 matching grant from Kitchen Gardeners International. KGI has offered another challenge: The project that has the most number of supporters by December 15th will win the People’s Choice Award, a $600 match.

Help support the 2016 growing season with a $10 minimum donation to our Seed Money page:
https://www.seedmoney.org/en/projects/25920-Garden-Time-at-the-RI-Adult-Correctional-Institutes.

If you would prefer to make a tax-deductible contribution directly to Garden Time or for more information, please contact Kate Lacouture at (401) 996-4922 or kate@gardentime.us or Vera Bowen at vera@gardentime.us or write to Garden Time, 286 Rochambeau Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. Garden Time is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.