Since 2011, Garden Time has prepared incarcerated individuals for the workforce, equipping a traditionally underserved population with the skills, self-confidence and support they need to successfully transition to long-term employment and a productive life in the community. As more of our incarcerated gardeners are released from prison, focusing on reentry programming is a natural extension of our work.
REENTRY COMMUNITY GARDEN at OpenDoors
In 2020 Garden Time partnered with OpenDoors to build a Reentry Community Garden, benefitting our graduates as well as OpenDoors clients and residents–all formerly incarcerated individuals. Since 2011, the OpenDoors Resource Center at 485 Plainfield Street has served community members, families, and individuals impacted by the justice system who are looking for a supportive environment to restore their lives.
Garden Time uses the garden at OpenDoors as a new home base for our work outside of prison including reentry planning, job coaching and continuing plant-based education. Garden Time graduates, OpenDoors clients and staff and volunteers meet weekly to plant, tend and harvest in the garden, but also to share resources, provide support and check in with our graduates about their progress and struggles.
GREEN REENTRY JOB TRAINING
In Fall 2021, in collaboration with OpenDoors and Groundwork RI, Garden Time will pilot a 6-week green industry job training program for formerly incarcerated Rhode Islanders.