What do you think of when you hear the words “healing garden”? Many think of a lush garden bordering a stream with a mediation block and reflexology stone path……or maybe that is just me…..and the architect of the reflection pond conveniently placed next to my law school. Hydroponic gardening is expanding the purpose and presence of gardening into some of the most unexpected forums.
Volusia County Corrections Facility has infiltrated the use of hydroponic gardening into their system. The gardens are cared for and managed by inmates who are developing new skills and growing nutrient rich food.
The garden includes 24 towers growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. The amount of food harvested from the hydroponics equates to thousands of dollars. Once the produce is harvested, it is then sent to a local rescue shelter for those in need.
The gardening helps both the incarcerated women and those attending the shelter. It has aided the inmates in developing a new skill, as well as serving a therapeutic experience, taking their minds off of withdrawals from drugs and the stress of being incarcerated and away from their families.