Doing Time in the Garden

Life Lessons through Prison Horticulture

Foreword by Anthony R. Smith, Michael Jacobson

Available in paperback, hardcover, and e-book (also exam or desk copies for instructors) through our distributor NYU Press.

In his book, Doing Time in the Garden, James Jiler combines an engaging personal account of running a highly successful horticultural vocation program at the largest jail complex in the United States with a practical guide to starting and managing prison and re-entry gardening programs.

The Greenhouse Project gives horticultural job-training to male and female inmates at New York City's Rikers Island jail system. After release, ex-offenders can intern with the GreenTeam, which provides landscaping and gardening services to community groups and institutions throughout New York State.

Jiler's humor and heartfelt stories about prison community and clear explanations of what works broaden this book's appeal to all social activists, especially those involved with at-risk populations.

James Jiler is former director of the GreenHouse Project, a renowned horticultural job-training program for inmates at New York City's Rikers Island jail system, and former director of community services for the Horticultural Society of New York, which runs the GreenHouse and GreenTeam Programs.

Details

Title Doing Time in the Garden
Subtitle Life Lessons through Prison Horticulture
Author James Jiler
Foreword by Anthony R. Smith, Michael Jacobson
Publisher New Village Press
BISAC Subject Heading GAR000000 GARDENING
POL000000 POLITICAL SCIENCE
Audience 01 General / trade
Credit Horticultural Society of New York
Title First Published 01 November 2006
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: WM      93 Thema subject category: JP
Includes Index
 

Summary

Foreword

Preface

Chapter One
The Longest Bridge

Chapter Two
Horticulture as Therapy

Chapter Three
Jail and Community

Chapter Four
Starting and Expanding a Horticultural Program

Chapter Five
Design: Transforming The Prison Landscape

Chapter Six
The Science of Gardening

Chapter Seven
Building Curriculum

Chapter Eight
Aftercare: Breaking the Cycle

Chapter Nine
The GreenTeam: Growing Roots in the Community

Acknowledgements

Index

James Jiler Radio Interview on CJAD Montreal

Reviews

The Community Arts Network
Jun 25, 2007
Today CAN brings you an excerpt from a new book by New Village Press; Doing Time in the Garden: Life Lessons Through Prison Horticulture by James Jiler. It's the first comprehensive guide to
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- The Community Arts Network

James Jiler's book outlines perfect models of meaningful green-collar jobs training. This is restorative economics at its best—the surest path to safe streets and peaceful communities.
- Van Jones, Founder of Ella Baker Center and Green For All

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City Farmer News
Nov 3, 2011
Jiler's humor and heartfelt stories about prison community and clear explanations of what works broaden this book’s appeal to all social activists, especially those involved with at-risk populations.
- Michael Levenston, City Farmer News


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